Natasha Wilson is an attorney specializing in special education research and policy. At Wagner, she teaches Law for the Education Policymaker.
Disproportionate representation of minority students in special education, access to legal representation, and education policy are some of her longstanding interests. Her recent research looks at how federal legislation mandating parental involvement during the special education accommodations process is fulfilled nationally. Her other current research examines under- and over-representation of minority students in special education since the most recent federal civil rights initiatives to address disproportionate representation.
Dr. Wilson is currently a NYU Post-doctoral Fellow at Wagner. Previously, she represented children and families as an attorney at Legal Aid of Cleveland and Legal Aid of Milwaukee. She is also a previous recipient of funded fellowship grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the American Bar Association.
Dr. Wilson holds a J.D. degree from University of Wisconsin School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Special Education from Penn State University.
Law for the Education Policymaker
This course aims to provide an understanding of law and how it shapes and influences practices in K-12 public schools. This course covers seminal education case law (i.e. judicial opinion), legislation, and regulation from the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education to key pieces of legislation such as The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Title I), the Individuals with Disabilities with Education Act, and The No Child Left Behind Act, to major federal agency initiatives such as Race to the Top as we explore the ever-shifting education and legal landscapes that impact our nation’s students. Course participants will gain practical skills that help them understand how major educational policy has been expressed through statutory, regulatory, and case law. We will also explore law and regulatory policy through case study analysis with various federal and state agencies (e.g., U.S. Department of Education, NYC Department of Education), and seminar participants will learn how to access case law, statutory law, and federal and state regulations using legal databases such as LexisNexis, Westlaw, and the Legal Information Institute.