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The Education Law Project

The Education Law Project (ELP), directed by Professor Monica Teixeira de Sousa, supports and provides opportunities for New England Law | Boston students to become involved in education law and policy work outside of the classroom and to expand their knowledge of the field.

The ELP works to identify and invite prominent education law and policy scholars and practitioners to campus for opportunities to meet, speak to, and network with students.

Public Education Legislation Project (PELP)

 
In spring 2012, a new initiative was launched to analyze proposed legislation dealing with public education. Professor Teixeira de Sousa describes the need for the project: “Education law and policy issues have become favorite topics for the media, and voters are increasingly aware of their elected officials’ views on education. However, as legislators across the country scramble to respond to constituent concerns and introduce legislation on a variety of complex and novel education issues, it remains to be seen whether many of these bills have the potential to aid children struggling at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.” 
 
PELP is analyzing selected bills in the region in order to understand the impact of particular policy changes on vulnerable student populations.
 
Jeananne Russell '12 worked with Professor Teixeira de Sousa this semester, researching a Rhode Island bill that proposes changes to the charter school enrollment process. Russell gained a better understanding of the legislation's goals by meeting with the bill's sponsor. Russell is also examining charter school enrollment policies across the country and the impact of specific selection mechanisms on at-risk student populations.
 
Additional research opportunities in 2012-2013 will enable students to gain skills in legislative drafting, statutory construction, and critical analysis.