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May 30, 2024 Student Editor’s Note

Intersection of Education and Family Law

Alexandra Ogunsanya

This issue of Family Law Quarterly includes many groundbreaking articles which consider the intersection of education and family law. Family law is uniquely situated in the field of law, with the impact of judicial decisions extending far beyond the reaches of the home. For instance, family court decisions regarding children’s education can also touch topics such as race, religion, reproductive health, and accessibility. Thus, the interplay between education and family law has the ability to extend to other areas of law as well, such as civil rights, reproductive rights, disability justice, and so much more. I believe that while reading this issue, you will find this concept well reflected in the featured articles.

This issue features articles from authors who consider ideas such as education for students in foster care, the constitutional rights of children to an education, recommendations for the prioritization of adequate secular education for children in family court decisions, the increased rhetoric around periods in partisan politics, the rights of parents of children with disabilities under the IDEA, and the impact of “parents’ rights” on schools and communities. In light of the 70th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, it seems timely to consider not only the importance and benefits of receiving an inclusive, accessible, and diverse education necessary to ensure a well-rounded and civically engaged society, but also the role in which family law plays in achieving this goal. As an aspiring civil rights attorney, working on this issue has helped me to consider the interplay and importance of family law in my future work.

The immense work to bring this issue to fruition would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our team of New York Law School (NYLS) Student Editors who spent countless hours editing and engaging with the articles in this issue. I am also endlessly appreciative of the 2023-2024 FLQ Student Editorial Board, for their tireless and spirited work reviewing and working closely with the teams of student editors throughout the school year. I am also thankful to the authors of the articles in this issue for sharing their insights and process with NYLS student editors through author panels. Finally, I would like to thank the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association for their continued support of Family Law Quarterly.

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Alexandra Ogunsanya

New York Law School

Alexandra Ogunsanya is New York Law School’s 2023–2024 Student Editor-in-Chief for the Family Law Quarterly.