Avoiding Legal Hassles: What School Administrators Really Need to Know / Edition 2

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Veteran school administrators, Streshly and Frase, have taken their classic "quick reference" and combined it with the insight and experience of a practicing school attorney for a comprehensive, updated edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761945307
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/13/2001
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 968,382
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Streshly is Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at San Diego State University (SDSU). Prior to coming to SDSU in 1990, he spent 25 years in public school administration, includingfive years as principal of a large suburban high school and 15 years as superintendent of several California school districts varying in size from 2,500 to 25,000 students.

In addition to his numerous publications in the professional journals, Dr. Streshly is author or co-author of five practical books for school leaders, The Top Ten Myths in Education, Avoiding Legal Hassles (two editions), Teacher Unions and Quality Education, Preventing and Managing Teacher Strikes, and From Good Schools to Great Schools: What Their Principals Do Well.

Currently, Professor Streshly is a Senior Lead Auditor for Curriculum Management Systems, Inc., an affiliate of Phi Delta Kappa International. He has audited the instructional operations of more than 40 school districts in 16 states. His intense interest in the role of effective school leadership stems from his own extensive experience as well as his in-depth observation of the work of hundreds of practicing school principals across the country.

Larry E. Frase was professor and department chair of educational leadership in the College of Education at San Diego State University. He was a former superintendent of schools of the Catalina Foothills District in Tucson, Arizona, and is the author, coauthor, or editor of 23 books and 80 professional journal articles. His books include Top Ten Myths in Education; School Management by Wandering Around; and Teacher Compensation and Motivation. He is also coauthor of Walk-Throughs and Reflective Feedback for Higher Student Achievement. He has presented papers at AERA and UCEA. He is a senior lead auditor, having led curriculum audits of 32 school systems, including Oakland, California, and Baltimore, Maryland. Frase earned his EdD at Arizona State University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Fenwick W. English
About the Authors
1. Education's Legal Framework
Making the System Work for You
Free Public Education: An American Ideal
The Role of the Federal Government
The Role of the State of Government
State Office of Education
The Role of the Intermediate Education Agencies
The Role of Local School Boards
Charter Schools
The Judicial System
Keeping Abreast of the Law in Education
Key Terms
2. Coping With the Major Issues
Understanding the Direction of the Changing Law
The Search for Equality
The Struggle for Human Rights: Students, Parents
Separation of Church and State
Key Terms
3. Laws Affecting Students
Compulsory Education: The Obligation and the Right to Attend Public Schools
Spotting Traditional Legal Problems in the Curriculum
Managing Grades, Tests, and Student Records
Key Terms
4. Planning for Good School Discipline
Planning a Team Approach
Developing Strong Board Policies
Designing Comprehensive Site Discipline Plans
Protecting Student Rights
Guaranteeing Due Process
Protecting Freedom of Speech
Using Proper Search and Seizure Procedures
Mass Searches and Locker Searches
Enforcing School Rules
Crimes on Campus
Administering Punishment Effectively
Key Terms
5. Making the Campus Safe
A Duty to Protect
Avoiding Negligence
Providing Adequate Supervision
Statute of Limitations and Administrative Claims
Dealing With Police
Athletic Program Liability
Physical Education Classes
Liability in Shop Classes
Liability in Science Labs
Liability on Playgrounds
Dealing With Loiterers and Other Outsiders
Key Terms
6. Administering Special Education: The Question of Equal Access
Education for All Handicapped Children Act
School Year for the Disabled
IQ Tests for Placement
Key Terms
7. Coping With Legal Problems in Personnel Management
Hiring Professional Staff
Teacher Evaluation
Due Process Rights of Employees
Personnel Files
Contracts and Salary
Worker's Compensation
Key Terms
8. Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of collective Bargaining
The Legal Foundations of Collective Bargaining
The Negotiating Process
Alternatives to Adversarial Bargaining
Contract Management and Grievance Procedures
Key Terms
9. Strategies to Avoid Lawsuits
Planning With the Courts in Mind
Risk Management
The Role of the Principal in Risk Management
Key Terms
Troubleshooting Guide
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