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Martha Derthick

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.

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Christian Law Firms Are Leading Defenders of Free Speech in Schools

In “Strange Bedfellows,” Martha Derthick and I wrote on a case out of Texas, Palmer v. Waxahachie Independent School District, that brought two unusual groups together on the same side: supporters of John Edwards and Christian conservatives.

Supreme Modesty

From strip searches to school funding, the Court treads lightly

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.

Another Lemon

Florida’s charters under attack


Schools Win in Court

Language Barriers

Arizonans battle federal court order to spend more

Home Schoolers Strike Back

California case centers on parents' rights

Court Jousters

Plaintiffs exploit weaknesses in NCLB

Free and Appropriate

Parent's wealth muddies special-education tuition case

Doubtful Jurisprudence

Court offers schools little guidance

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