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date: 20 October 2021

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Lawyers make significant contributions to education reform efforts, as do community members and professionals from various other fields. This chapter outlines and distinguishes both the venues in which and ways that lawyers add value to education reform. First, it lays out the education reform landscape and highlights the policy-influencing occupations that lawyers can have within it. Because lawyers are found both outside and within the government system at the federal, state, and local levels and in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, they have wide-ranging potential for impact. Second, the chapter explains the unique way a lawyer’s skills and way of thought influence and improve education reform. When lawyers are involved, an education reform initiative is likely to thoughtfully consider all perspectives, bridge expertise to the law, choose the right legal path, and engage in strategic communications and public support efforts.

Keywords: Education reform, Policy reform, Impact litigation, Legal strategy, Role of lawyers, Dear Colleague Letters, Regulatory guidance, Remedies, Independent commission, Expert witnesses

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