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    Law, Politics, and Equal Educational Opportunity

    The Limits of Judicial Involvement

    David L. Kirp
    The influence of courts upon educational policy increased markedly in the years following the Brown decision. Recently, however, the judicial role has changed. As policy attention has focused on increasingly subtle questions of distributive justice and some aggrieved groups have obtained through legislation what they sought through litigation, courts in the 1970s have been more restrained than those of the previous decade. David Kirp analyzes how major educational questions are now being addressed by courts and legislatures; he focuses more on institutional dynamics than doctrinal developments. Noting the different procedures and standards of each branch of government, Kirp examines the interplay between these branches and suggests how questions of equal opportunity are best fit for joint resolution.

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    Summer 1977 Issue

    Abstracts

    Law, Politics, and Equal Educational Opportunity
    The Limits of Judicial Involvement
    David L. Kirp
    Bilingual Education
    The Legal Mandate
    Herbert Teitelbaum, Richard J. Hiller
    Street-Level Bureaucrats and Institutional Innovation
    Implementing Special-Education Reform
    Richard Weatherley, Michael Lipsky
    Social Relations as Contexts for Learning in School
    R. P. McDermott
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