Law and American Education: A Case Brief Approach / Edition 2

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Both public and nonpublic school educators are aware that over the last several decades courts have played an increasingly significant role in defining school policy. Decisions about school desegregation, prayer, public school financing, student rights, collective bargaining, and other personnel issues attest to the extent and importance of judicial influence. It is necessary, therefore, that teachers and administrators have at least a rudimentary knowledge and understanding of school law and how it affects their classroom activities.

Law and American Education: A Case Brief Approach, Second Edition includes a sizable body of school law that educators should be familiar with so that they are able to conduct themselves in a legally acceptable manner. In today's environment, it is crucial that educators consider the legal implications of their decisions and conduct. This book provides introductory material for those educators interested in K-12 educational issues who have little or no knowledge of school law. An update to the original book published in 1999, this second edition covers additional topics, such as sexual harassment, educational vouchers, drug testing, and students with disabilities.

About the Author:
Robert H. Palestini is the dean of graduate and continuing studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia

About the Author:
Karen F. Palestini has been an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph's University and Seton Hall University

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Editorial Reviews

Anonymous Course Evaluation
The book is great! A law course may sound a bit intimidating but the textbook allowed us to understand the cases. It was well written and very interesting.
Provides introductory material for educators interested in K-12 educational issues who have no background in school law. Reviews sources of law and the structure of the judicial system, then deals with issues important to nonpublic schools, the extent of the state's and local school system's authority on educational policy, and how the law affects students and teachers is areas such as dress codes, suspension, pregnancy, drug testing, and political activities of teachers. Case chapters examine the desegregation issue and legal attacks on school finance formulae. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Reference and Research Book News
Written for K-12 teachers with little knowledge of school law, this volume introduces the basic legal issues the authors feel public and nonpublic school teachers need to have at least a rudimentary knowledge of in order to carry out their professional duties.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578863945
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/26/2006
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Palestini is Dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. He has spent almost 40 years in basic and higher education. He has been a high school biology and general science teacher, a principal, assistant superintendent, and superintendent of schools. He is the author of four books on various topics in educational administration. Karen Palestini Falk, Dr. Palestini's daughter, is a graduate of Villanova Law School and is a practicing attorney in a large law firm with offices in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Princeton, New Jersey. Her specialties include school law and health care law. She has taught School Law, Health Care Law, and Health Care Ethics in the graduate school at Saint Joseph's University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The educator and liability 9
3 Schools and the state 24
4 Students and the law 38
5 Teachers and the law 69
6 School desegregation 88
7 School finance issues 99
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