Teachers and the Law / Edition 9by David Schimmel, Leslie R. Stellman, Louis Fischer
Pub. Date: 04/07/2014
Future teachers and administrators and current school professionals get a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to critical school law topics and issues in this widely popular book. Using a unique question and answer format based on real cases from school districts throughout the country, the authors provide a thorough, wide-ranging understanding of public school law
Future teachers and administrators and current school professionals get a comprehensive, user-friendly guide to critical school law topics and issues in this widely popular book. Using a unique question and answer format based on real cases from school districts throughout the country, the authors provide a thorough, wide-ranging understanding of public school law in the United States today. The clear, jargon-free writing style is ideal for readers without a strong legal background, as it eliminates technical and intimidating legal speak in favor of clear, simple explanations. The new edition of Teachers and the Law covers topics of concern today including the rights of transgender students, procedural versus substantive due process, charter schools and vouchers, students’ privacy rights when using computer, and the federal laws affecting disabled students, and includes a discussion of a recent affirmative action case.
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Table of Contents
About the Authors
1 Teachers and the Legal System
PART ONE • The Legal Aspects of Teaching
2 Do I Have a Contract?
Creating a Contract
Express and Implied Contracts
Breach of Contract
3 How Secure Is My Employment?
Rights of Tenure
Grounds for Dismissal
4 How Does Collective Bargaining Affect Me?
The Right to Organize
5 When Am I Liable?
Defenses against Liability
Other Types of Liability
6 What Constitutes Slander and Libel?
Defamatory Statements about Teachers
Defamatory Statements about Students
7 How Should I Deal with Child Abuse and Neglect?
Child Abuse and Neglect
State Reporting Requirements
Symptoms of Abuse and Neglect
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
8 How Does Copyright Law Affect Me?
Introduction to Copyright Law
Materials Covered by Copyright
PART TWO • Teachers’ and Students’ Rights
9 When Can Schools Restrict Teachers’ Freedom of Expression?
Teachers and Free Speech
Controversial Issues and Academic Freedom
10 When Can Schools Restrict Students’ Freedom of Expression?
The Wooster Case
The Tinker Case
Hate Speech Codes
The Hazelwood Case
11 When Can Schools Limit Religious Freedom?
Teachers’ Freedom of Conscience
Students’ Freedom of Conscience
12 When Can Schools Limit Freedom of Association?
Demonstrations, Protests, and Speakers
Teachers and Politics
Political and Social Affiliations
Oaths of Loyalty
13 What Are My Rights to Due Process and to Privacy?
Due Process for Teachers
Substantive Due Process
Due Process for Students
Procedural Due Process: The Goss Case
Substantive Due Process for Students
Searches of Teachers
Searches of Students
14 How Free Is My Personal Life?
“Immoral” and “Unprofessional” Conduct
Age, Citizenship, and Disability
15 Are Teachers and Students Protected against Racial Discrimination?
Racial Discrimination against Teachers and Staff
16 Are Teachers and Students Protected against Sex Discrimination?
Sex Discrimination against Teachers
Marriage and Pregnancy
Sex Discrimination against Students
17 Are There Special Rights for Students with Disabilities and Non-English-Speaking Students?
Educating Students with Disabilities
Bilingual and Multicultural Education
18 Who Controls Student Records?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
What Are the Main Features of the Act?
Right of Access
19 Do Parents Have Choices in Educating Their Children?
Compulsory Schooling and Parents’ Rights
Objections to the Curriculum
20 When Can Schools Restrict Personal Appearance?
Grooming Standards for Teachers
School Dress Codes
School Uniforms, Gang Clothing, and Message T-Shirts
21 Emerging Legal Issues
Accountability in Education
Students: The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
Parents: School Choice
Technology in Education
Rights of Transgender Students
Rights of Homeless Students
Public Education Funding
Appendix A: Selected Provisions of the U.S. Constitution
Appendix B: Major Federal Laws Affecting Schools
Appendix C: Other Legal Resources for Teachers
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