Martha Derthick

    Author Bio:
    Martha Derthick is a political scientist retired from the government and foreign affairs faculty at the University of Virginia. She is the author of numerous books on public policy in the United States, including Policymaking for Social Security (1979), The Politics of Deregulation (with Paul J. Quirk, 1985), and Up in Smoke: From Legislation to Litigation in Tobacco Politics (2005). With Joshua Dunn, she co-authors a quarterly column, Legal Beat, for Education Next.


Modern Maturity for Charter Schools

Litigation shows they have arrived

Collective Panic

Court decision terrifies unions

WINTER 2015 / Vol. 15, No. 1

Script Doctors

A compelling play on the wrong stage?

FALL 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 4

Bayou Backdown?

Obama administration retreats on vouchers

SUMMER 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 3

Ballots Not Barristers

Arizona case shows limits of litigation

SPRING 2014 / VOL. 14, NO. 2

Paycheck Protection

Court upholds Michigan law forbidding public schools from collecting union dues through payroll deductions

Winter 2014 / Vol. 14, No. 1

More School Dollars!

School finance claims shuffle back to life

FALL 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 4

Digital Discipline

We aren’t sure if you can say that

SUMMER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 3

Desegregation Redux

Desegregation cases affecting hundreds of districts haven’t been concluded.

Spring 2013 / Vol. 13, No. 2

Can Carrots Become Sticks?

Court knows coercion when it sees it

WINTER 2013 / VOL. 13, NO. 1

Title IX at Trial

If you schedule it, will they come?

FALL 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 4

Door Still Closed

Alabama plaintiffs lose federal school finance challenge

SUMMER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 3

Mickey Mouse Strikes Back

Voucher wars heat up in Colorado

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Obama’s NCLB Waivers: Are they necessary or illegal?

Education Next talks with Martha Derthick and Andy Rotherham

SPRING 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 2

Budget Buster

Teachers sue to protect pensions

WINTER 2012 / VOL. 12, NO. 1

Trouble in Kansas

Parents in a wealthy district sue to pay more taxes

Fall 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 4

Thou Shalt Not Say Jesus

Do elementary school students have free-speech rights?

Summer 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 3

The Ninth Circuit v. Reality

Highly qualified teachers don’t grow on trees

Spring 2011 / Vol. 11, No. 2

No Federal Case

Court says charter school is not a state actor

Summer 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 3

Strange Bedfellows

Students find unexpected ally in the Christian Right

Spring 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 2

Supreme Modesty

From strip searches to school funding, the Court treads lightly

Winter 2010 / Vol. 10, No. 1


Schools Win in Court

Spring 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 2

Language Barriers

Arizonans battle federal court order to spend more

Winter 2009 / Vol. 9, No. 1

Home Schoolers Strike Back

California case centers on parents' rights

Fall 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 4

Court Jousters

Plaintiffs exploit weaknesses in NCLB

Summer 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 3

Free and Appropriate

Parent's wealth muddies special-education tuition case

Spring 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 2

Doubtful Jurisprudence

Court offers schools little guidance

Winter 2008 / Vol. 8, No. 1

Courts and Choice

Testing the constitutionality of charters and vouchers

Spring 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 2

The Enforcers

Parents may gain right to sue over NCLB

Fall 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 4

Adequately Fatigued

Court rulings disappoint plaintiffs

Summer 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 3

Affirmative Action Docketed

The Supreme Court takes up race-based school assignment

Winter 2007 / Vol. 7, No. 1

Virtual Legality

Unions and Home Schoolers Attack Internet Education

Fall 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 4

Florida Grows a Lemon

Florida’s supreme court is no stranger to political warfare. Before the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bush v. Gore in favor of George W. Bush, the Florida court had ruled in favor of Al Gore. And the same court played a crucial role in the state’s extraction of an $11.3 billion settlement from the tobacco industry […]

Summer 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 3

A Setback in Dover

Last rites for Intelligent Design

Spring 2006 / Vol. 6, No. 2

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Duncan Can’t Make New Laws

The Secretary of Education’s authority to undo law and regulation in No Child Left Behind is not as broad as a recent story in the New York Times seems to imply.


The Decline of the Stately School

On the road in America, it has become hard to distinguish a public school from a post-industrial factory.

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