Exam Coverage

1.  The exam will cover the material through Assignment 14 on the syllabus.

2.  As stated on the syllabus, the exam will be a three-hour closed book exam.

3.  There will be one question that requires you to analyze a provision of a state constitution.  The state at issue will be the hypothetical State of Stone.  The Stone Constitution contains the following provisions, any of which may be relevant to an exam question:



Sec. 5. Education.

The people have a right to the privilege of education, and it is the duty of the State to guard and maintain that right.

Section 7. Religion

There shall be no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting or penalizing the free exercise thereof. Religious freedom shall not justify practices inconsistent with public morals, peace or safety. No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sectarian school, sect, or religious denomination.


Sec. 1. Uniform system of schools.

The Legislature shall provide by taxation and otherwise for a uniform, adequate, and efficient system of free public schools wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.

Sec. 2. State Board of Education.

(1) The State Board of Education shall consist of the Lieutenant Governor and ten members appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate.

(2) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall be the secretary and chief administrative officer of the State Board of Education.

Sec. 3. Powers and Duties of Board.

The State Board of Education shall supervise and administer the free public school system and the educational funds provided for its support and shall make all needed rules and regulations in relation thereto, subject to laws enacted by the Legislature.

4.  Any provision of the Stone Constitution that is relevant to an exam question will be included on the exam itself.

5.  In addition to the above material relating to state constitutions and the Stone Constitution specifically, the exam will focus on the following areas: First Amendment free speech rights of students and teachers, the Establishment Clause as applied to the public schools, procedural due process, and the Fourth Amendment as applied to public school students.