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Established in 1954, the Education Law Association (ELA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonadvocacy member association that seeks to improve education by promoting interest in and understanding of the legal framework of education as well as the rights of students, parents, school boards, and school employees. ELA's vision is to be known as the premier source of information on education law. Its mission statement reads as follows:

ELA brings together educational and legal scholars and practitioners to inform and advance educational policy and practice through knowledge of the law. Together, our professional community anticipates trends in educational law and supports scholarly research through the highest-value print and electronic publications, conferences, and professional forums. (ELA, 2009)

Beginnings

In the mid-1940s, at the urging of Frank Heinisch, an attorney from Omaha, ...

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