“This pioneering book breaks new ground in an area traditionally considered too complex by school staff. "
"Principals are the key contacts for legal questions in their schools. Principals canuse this book for professional development opportunities for staff,and school districts can use the book for training administrators.”
Robert J. Safransky
"Principals Teaching the Law will really help school law professors, too. The book offersgreat class activities, and isspecifically designed to teach school law to teachers. I do hope that the principal associations recommend this book to their members. As a building principal for 18 years – this book covers the things you need to know as a principal and teacher. "
H. Jake Eberwein III
“It is a fantastic book…easy to read, well-written, and easy to use.”
“All educators have had or will have experience with the legal aspects of the profession. This book not only provides immediate information and examples,it also leads the reader to additional support and research.”
David Schimmel is Professor of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. He is author of over 60 articles and co-author of 6 books about law and education including Teachers and the Law,7th edition (2007) and School Law: What Every Educator Should Know (2008) and is recipient of the Education Press Association of America’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism. After graduating from Yale Law School, he briefly practiced law, was an Army Infantry Officer, and served on the Peace Corps staff for 6 years before starting his teaching career at UMass. His current research and writing focuses on promoting legal literacy for teachers.
Suzanne Eckes is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Indiana University. Suzanne has published over 60 school law articles and book chapters, is an editor of the Principal's Legal Handbook and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Education Law Association. She is the recipient of the Jack A. Culbertson Award for outstanding achievements in education from the University Council of Educational Administration. Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University, Suzanne was a high school French teacher and an attorney. She earned her Master's in Education from Harvard University and her law degree and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Matthew Militello is an assistant professor in the Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Department at North Carolina State University. He held a similar position at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was also the educational administration program coordinator. Prior to his academic career, Militello was a middle and high school teacher, assistant principal, and principal. His research focuses on developing principals’ knowledge and skills in the areas of school law, school data, and collective leadership. Militello has more than 30 publications including articles in Education Policy, Education and Urban Society, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of School Leadership, Leadership Quarterly, Principal Leadership, and Teachers College Record. Militello also co-authored another Corwin book, “Leading with inquiry and action: How principals improve teaching and learning” (2009). He received his undergraduate degree and teaching certification from the University of Michigan and his MEd and PhD from Michigan State University.
Foreword by Jon Manier
About the Authors
Introduction and Overview: How the Principal Can be the Chief Law Instructor: 10 Lesson Plans
1. Liability for Student Injuries: Protecting Your Students, Your Teachers, and Your School
2. Student Freedom of Expression
3. Special Education
4. Discipline: Student Due Process and Search and Seizure
5. Student Harassment and Bullying
6. Teacher Freedom of Expression
7. Teacher Lifestyle Choices and Out-of-School Conduct
9. Student Records: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
10. Abuse and Neglect
Conclusion: The Principal as Chief Law Instructor: Living the Role
A. Conducting Legal Research
B. Constitutional Sources of Education Law
C. The Court System
D. Additional Resources