Exam Coverage Spring 2011
1. The exam will
cover the material through Assignment 16 on the syllabus with the
exception of Assignment 14 on the subject of Special Education.
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:
ARTICLE I - DECLARATION OF RIGHTS
Sec. 5. Education.
The education of children is a fundamental value of
the people of the
State of Stone.
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 in aid of any
church, sectarian school, sect, or religious denomination. No sectarian
or denominational doctrine shall be taught, or instruction thereon be
permitted, directly or indirectly, in any of the public schools of this
ARTICLE X - EDUCATION
Sec. 1. Uniform system of schools.
The Legislature shall provide by taxation and
otherwise for a uniform and
adequate system of free public schools wherein equal
opportunities shall be provided for all students.
Sec. 2. Limitation on funding.
No public money allocated to the support of the
public schools shall
ever be appropriated for the support of any school not under the
exclusive control of the officers of the public schools.
Sec. 3. State Board of Education.
(1) The State Board of Education shall consist of
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. 4. 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.
Section 5. Creation and Powers of School Districts
The Legislature shall provide for organization of
school districts of
convenient size, in each of which shall be established a school board
for that district, to consist of three or more directors to be elected
by the qualified voters of the district. The school board directors
shall be responsible for instruction in the public schools
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:
the role of the federal government in education, the First Amendment
free speech rights of students and teachers, substantive and procedural
due process as applied to students and teachers, the Fourth Amendment
as applied to public school students, and the Establishment Clause as
applied to the public schools. The exam will not cover the material in
Assignment 14 on the subject of Special Education.