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Education Law

A guide for finding laws, regulations, cases, books, articles, and online-only sources on education-related law topics

State Statutes

Cornell's Legal Information Institute provides a list of education statutes in all 50 states plus DC.

The Education Commission of the States provides information on individual state statutes related to education and also prepares research papers comparing laws of the various states on education-related topics.

State Regulations

Compiling state regulations on a specific topic can be tricky.  Lexis and Westlaw have some surveys of state regulations; they also have the full text of all states' regulations.

Safe Supportive Learning
Under a contract with the U.S. Department of Education has collected state laws and regulations related to school discipline

At last resort, you may need to go directly to the state administrative regulation page:

Washington State Statutes & Regulations

Washington State's Constitution contains an educational provision:

It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.

Article 9, section 1.

Major state laws on education include:

To find Washington State laws, regulations, etc., related to education, see the Gallagher guides on Washington Laws, Legislation, & the Legislature and on Washington State Administrative Law Research.

To find bills currently being considered by the Washington State Legislature, visit the Bill Information page and click on the "Bills by Topic" link. Relevant headings include:

  • Advanced College Tuition Payment (GET) Program
  • Charter Schools
  • Early Learning, Department
  • Education (several headings start with "Education")
  • Higher Education
  • Schools and School Districts
  • Teachers
  • Vocational Education

The Washington State Legislature has two committees dedicated to education:

50-State Law Surveys

Sometimes legal researchers want to identify and compare the states' laws on specific subjects. The following sources provide such surveys on education-related topics.