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Legal Decisions Affecting Education

It has been estimated that there are more than 10,000 lawsuits filed against school districts, schools, educators, and educational bureaucracies and officials in the United States each year. Local, state, and federal courts, both trial and appellate, are asked regularly to adjudicate a broad range of disputes involving schools and their various constituencies. Students or parents dissatisfied with some aspect of the treatment that a student has received from the educational system or a particular school or educator bring the majority of these lawsuits, but educators themselves also sue their schools and systems, as do outsiders. In some cases, schools themselves initiate the suits. There is hardly any significant area of educational policy or practice that has not been the subject of significant litigation.

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