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Studying the Courts' Impact on K-12 Education

This grant opportunity caught my eye:

"The Courts and K-12 Education" is the inaugural theme for a new grant program for scholars by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.

The Fordham Scholars grant program will aim to assist advanced doctoral students and junior faculty members in such areas as economics, law, and political science.

The announcement says "successful projects in this year's round will examine how the courts (state, federal, etc.) may affect the ability of educators, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to foster stronger pupil achievement; greater choices for families; more efficient school operations; promising innovations in curriculum, instruction, school organization and, leadership; and sound, workable accountability mechanisms."

Sample topics: Litigation's effects on school discipline, legal barriers to hiring effective school leaders (and firing ineffective ones), and tort litigation's impact on physical education.

The grants will range from $15,000 to $25,000, and the application deadline is Feb. 15.

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