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The History of Issues and Challenges Facing Public Education

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CPE Course #20120003

Upcoming Session Dates

March 4, 2022 – March 31, 2022

Registration deadline for this session is February 25, 2022. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before February 25, 2022. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after February 25, 2022.

April 4, 2022- May 1, 2022

Registration deadline for this session is March 28, 2022. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before March 28, 2022. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after March 28, 2022.

May 4, 2022 – June 1, 2022

Registration deadline for this session is April 27, 2022. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before April 27, 2022. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after April 27, 2022.

June 4, 2022- June 27, 2022

Registration deadline for this session is May 27, 2022.  Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before May 27, 2022. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after May 27, 2022.

June 30, 2022-July 23, 2022

Registration deadline for this session is June 23, 2022. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before June 23, 2022. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after June 23, 2022.

July 26, 2022-August 18, 2022

Registration deadline for this session is July 19, 2022. Payment must be received in the CIU 10 office on or before July 19, 2022. Late fee of $15.00 will be charged for payments received after July 19, 2022.


Course Description

This course is designed for educators from grades K-12. The participant will be provided with a basic working knowledge of the legal structure of public education. Where possible, particular emphasis will be given to school systems within Pennsylvania. Topics to be covered include church-state-education relationships, race-state-education relationships, school boards, financing education, curriculum, and graduation requirements. Court cases applicable to every area of public education covered in this course will provide opportunity to examine firsthand the reasoning of the courts in deciding important issues. The course has no prerequisites or prior requirements.

This course, which lasts approximately 30 days, will be completed strictly online using the Moodle platform. The instructor for this course is Agolino Educational Services. Pending receipt of payment, participants will receive an email from Agolino Educational Services containing their log-on information the night before the course begins.

Participants who successfully complete all requirements of this course will earn Three (3) PDE Graduate Level Credits, equal to 90 Act 48 Hours.

Participants will be able to:

  • synthesize how the United States Constitution, state constitutions, and federal, state, and local laws affect public education.
  • identify church-state-education relationships as one of the most persistent areas of constitutional litigation affecting public education.
  • explain the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • examine the power of the state legislature in regard to the establishment and alteration of school districts.
  • analyze the general powers of local school boards.
  • describe general school board procedures.
  • list some of the problems that often develop concerning financial matters between school boards and local government agencies.
  • identify general residency requirements for public school districts.
  • describe compulsory education requirements.
  • define equivalent instruction.
  • discuss the legal issues involving the development of curriculum and graduation requirements in public schools.
  • formulate a research project that will encompass an issue discussed in this course.

Graduate Level Requirement

Act 48 requires 42 hours of instruction plus 48 hours of out-of-class activity including a course project. Participants’ out-of-class assignments include but are not limited to:

  • create a research project that will elaborate on one or more of the topics covered in this course.

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