School Law: Cases and Concepts / Edition 9

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This text examines is written for K-12 educators and others who have little background in school law and need to know the sources of law under which educators operate. It focuses on an understanding of legal rationale and principles that inform practice.

Relevant case law, statutory law, constitutional provisions, and commentary are provided to develop a basic understanding of school law issues and the legal rationale underpinning such law. Broad legal concepts such as due process, equal protection, freedom of expression, the wall separating church and state, and reasonable search are stressed to help professional educators gain a better understanding of the legal landscape in which they operate.

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New edition of a standard textbook first published in 1982. The format is un-lawbook-like, undaunting to the education student. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205509294
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/26/2007
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Cases
A Note to Users of This Text
1 Educational Governance: Source of Law and the Courts 1
I Sources of Law 3
II The American Judicial System 14
2 Schools and the State 19
I Compulsory Attendance 19
II Religion in the Schools 28
III Use of Facilities 69
IV Aid to Nonpublic Schools 76
V School Fees 80
VI Health Services 84
3 Students and the Law 89
I Freedom of Expression 90
II Suspension, Expulsion, and Disciplinary Transfer 113
III Corporal Punishment 129
IV Search of Students and Lockers 135
V Dress and Grooming 146
VI Pregnancy, Parenthood, and Marriage 152
VII Participation in Extracurricular Activities 154
VIII School Punishment for Out-of-School Offenses 163
4 Teachers and the Law 166
I Nonrenewal and Dismissal 166
II Freedom of Expression 173
III Academic Freedom 184
IV Drug Testing 197
V Dress 198
VI Teacher as Exemplar 203
VII Employment Discrimination 228
VIII Teacher Bargaining 251
IX Political Activities 259
5 School Desegregation 262
I Historical Perspective 263
II Desegregation in the South 279
III Current Desegregation Issues 289
IV Epilogue 309
6 Individuals with Disabilities and the Law 311
I The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 313
II Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 335
III The Americans with Disabilities Act 348
7 School Finance Issues 350
I School Finance Reform 350
II Choice 374
8 Educator and School District Liability 384
I School District Immunity 384
II Educator Liability 400
III Duties of Supervision 402
IV Parental Consent 407
V Malpractice 407
VI Insurance 409
App. A Analyzing a Court Decision 411
App. B An Introduction to Research in School Law 414
App. C The Constitution of the United States of America - Edited 424
App. D Statutory Material 430
Glossary 443
Index 449
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