Rights of Students

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Student rights are those civil liberties that protect students-any persons attending schools, universities, and other educational institutions. While school officials have a responsibility to ensure a safe learning environment for their students, they are also required to legally recognize that students do not lose their constitutional rights "at the schoolhouse gate," as the U.S. Supreme Court wrote. This fully revised edition presents not only all of the legal opinions, laws, and studies related to this ...

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Overview

Student rights are those civil liberties that protect students-any persons attending schools, universities, and other educational institutions. While school officials have a responsibility to ensure a safe learning environment for their students, they are also required to legally recognize that students do not lose their constitutional rights "at the schoolhouse gate," as the U.S. Supreme Court wrote. This fully revised edition presents not only all of the legal opinions, laws, and studies related to this important issue, but also examines the rights of students through the prism of the Fourth Amendment and school searches, the First Amendment and student dress, and the right to due process and zero tolerance.

Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of view; sidebars cite laws, opinions, and court cases to aid in critical analysis; appendices help students conduct legal research; and all sources are fully documented.

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Three controversial subtopics are presented in each book in this series in a pro and con format. In Rights of Students, zero tolerance, safety concerns, and school uniforms are discussed. Affirmative Action looks at racism, diversity, and whether or not preferences level the playing field. Briefly written text that is interspersed with questions gives students pause for consideration. Each book contains boxed quotes from court cases or background on policies related to the discussion topic. At the end of each volume is a general summary, notes, recommended resources including online and print, court cases cited, key terms, suggestions on conducting legal research, and an index. How to conduct legal research would have been more helpful if placed at the beginning of the book. Students would then know that these books are designed to introduce the topic but further research will be necessary for a complete discussion. Questions in the sidebars or online resources at the end of each subtopic might hold a student's interest longer. Key terms are listed at the end but not defined. Because these topics are controversial, it would be useful to understand the author's interpretation of the word. This series is a helpful resource for the motivated student who understands how complex a controversial topic might be and already has a grasp of research skills. Other titles in the nineteen-volume series discuss animal rights, legalizing marijuana, mandatory military service, religion in public schools, American military policy, and amateur athletics, among other timely issues. (Point-Counterpoint: Issues in Contemporary American Society). VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P J (Better editing or work by theauthor might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2004, Chelsea House, 110p.; Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading., PLB. Ages 12 to 15.
—Kelly Czarnecki
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604136920
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Series: Point/Counterpoint Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction: Constitutional Rights in School 11

Point: Zero Tolerance Policies Work 17

Counterpoint: Zero Tolerance Policies Are Unfair 25

Point: Safety Concerns Must Trump Fourth Amendment Rights in Public Schools 37

Counterpoint: Students Must Not Lose Their Fourth Amendment Rights 49

Point: School Dress Codes Are Constitutional 60

Counterpoint: School Dress Codes Are Unconstitutional 73

Conclusion: The Future of Student Rights 83

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 90

Elements of the Argument 93

Notes 95

Resources 99

Picture Credits 105

Index 106

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