Law has traditionally influenced education through the precedent-setting power of key judicial decisions. The Tinker1 and Serrano2 judgments, to name only two, have generated new concepts of what student rights and educational equality might mean. Within this framework, a citizen petitions the courts with the expectation that the decision will affect individuals across the country with similar grievances. Judicial decisions can thus be used as instruments to initiate large-scale changes in policy.

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