Both the U.S. federal and individual state governments regulate education-related issues. Comprehensive research involves consulting both federal and state laws, regulations, and cases.
Some of the most important federal laws related to education are:
When using statutes (laws), check to see how current your source is. Congress amends existing laws frequently.
Most of the education-related statutes are codified in Title 20 (Education) of the United States Code; some are codified in Title 42 (Public Health and Welfare). The Department of Education also has a Policy page that includes legislation, regulations, guidance, and other policy documents for topics from adult education to vocational education.
You can also search Lexis Advance and Westlaw for all state or federal laws, cases, etc. related to education.
Browse Topics > Education Law > General Overview (unless there is a narrower topic of interest to you) > Get Documents.
Click on the relevant heading on the top bar (cases, legislation, secondary sources, etc.); then limit by using the filters on the left side of the page (jurisdiction, source, etc.)
Search by Content Type > Legal > State Statutes and Regulations OR Federal Statutes and Regulations
Westlaw does not have an overview of education materials similar to LexisNexis. The best bet for finding education-related materials on Westlaw is to drill down through the federal and/or state statutes and use the Key Number (141e) to find cases.
Laws passed by the U.S. Congress often direct executive branch agencies to write regulations to help implement laws. Most education-related regulations are codified in Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In Subtitle B of Title 34, the regulations are divided according to the various offices within the U.S. Department of Education:
For assistance in researching regulations and administrative law, including updating, see the Gallagher guide on U.S. Administrative Law Research.
See also the descriptions of Lexis Advance, Nexis Uni, and Westlaw above.