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Joshua Dunn is professor of political science at the University of Colorado–Colorado Springs. His research focuses on judicial policymaking and in particular the influence of the courts on education. He is the author of Complex Justice: The Case of Missouri v. Jenkins (University of North Carolina Press 2008) and the co-editor, with Martin West, of From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education (Brookings 2009). He also authors a quarterly article on law and education for Education Next.

Published Articles & Media

Uncommon Confusion

Washington Supreme Court strikes down charter schools

Voucher Victory

“Disingenuous” federal officials lose battle to shut down Louisiana Scholarship Program

Colorado Supreme Court Won’t Tell Legislature How to Allocate Tax Dollars

In the real world, limited resources force state legislatures to make tough choices about allocating tax dollars to roads, police, prisons, parks, and K-12 education.

Heading for a Fall

State restrictions on voucher programs rest on shaky foundation

Big Impact: Supreme Court Housing Decision Could Have Significant Effect on Education

The education community should be watching to see how the Supreme Court rules on a housing case from Dallas which considers whether plaintiffs can bring “disparate impact” claims under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).

Disparate Impact Indeed

Court’s latest ruling will hurt minority students

Memo to Teachers’ Unions: Now Might Be a Good Time to Start Panicking

In Friedrichs, ten California teachers are arguing that agency fees (combined with onerous “opt-out” procedures) violate their rights to freedom of speech and association

Fool’s Gold

Office of Civil Rights takes on school finance

A Tribute to Martha Derthick

With Martha Derthick’s passing on January 12, 2015, America lost one of its preeminent scholars of American politics.

Who Needs the Law When You Have OCR?

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights lacks any reasonable legal foundation for its adventures in educational management.

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