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O'Neill, Paul
Adjunct Associate Professor
President, Tugboat Education Services; Senior Fellow, EdisonLearning Institute
Organization & Leadership

406A Russl

Office Hours:
By appointment.

Educational Background

B.A., Oberlin College; J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University

Scholarly Interests

Legal issues in education.  No Child Left Behind.  Special Education.  School Choice.  High Stakes Testing, Accountability.  Law and school reform.

Selected Publications

  • The NCLB Compliance Manual (desk reference for administrators and others concerned with the federal "No Child Left Behind Act") (Brownstone Publishers, forthcoming, January 2004)  
  • "High Stakes Testing Law & Litigation" (BYU Education & Law Journal, 2003)
  • "Serving Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools: Legal Obligations and Policy Options" (West's Education Law Reporter, 2002) (co-authored)
  • "Special Education and High Stakes Testing for High School Graduation: An Analysis of Current Law and Policy" (Journal of Law & Education, 2001)
  • "Pass the Test or No Diploma: The Legality and Impact of Mandatory Testing for Graduation on High School Students with Learning Disabilities" (LdOnline, 2000)


Related Articles


Serving Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools: Legal Obligations and Policy Options

Review of legal authorities impacting the ways in which charter schools can meet their obligations under special education laws; also provides range of policy options based on that analysis.

High Stakes Testing Law & Litigation

An assessment of legal factors impacting high stakes exams for graduation and promotion and review of recent case law