The School Law Handbook: What Every Leader Needs to Know / Edition 1

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Overview

A parent objects to a curriculum that includes a unit on Greek gods, arguing that it violates the separation of church and state. As a teacher or administrator, how should you respond? This type of issue is one most educators will have to confront eventually, in addition to other hot-button issues such as zero-tolerance policies, drug and alcohol testing, and prayer in schools. The School Law Handbook is designed to enable educators to confront such issues with information, insight, and initiative.

The issues are organized into five areas: the school environment, Constitutional issues, students, personnel, and accountability. Within each area are several chapters, each beginning with a realistic scenario followed by legal and practical analyses of the situation. Armed with this knowledge of the parameters governing each scenario, educators can more effectively manage their responses, asking and answering the key questions:
* What are the legal boundaries?
* What is the district policy related to this issue?
* What are the potential strategies for resolution?

In this era of unparalleled public scrutiny, The School Law Handbook is essential reading for all school personnel.

Bill Bosher is Executive Director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute and Dean of the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Kate R. Kaminski is an attorney in the field of education law and the Director of Legal and Policy Services for the Virginia School Boards Association. Richard S. Vacca is Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871208415
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Sales rank: 387,055
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part I The School Environment
1. School Safety 3
Search and Seizure 3
Crisis Management and Planning 10
Relationship with Law Enforcement 16
Random Drug and Alcohol Testing 23
Zero Tolerance Policies 33
2. Commercialism in Schools 40
3. School Facilities 47
Community Use 47
Health Related Issues 55
Part II Constitutional Issues
4. Religion in Public Schools 65
Prayer 65
Religion as Curriculum 78
Holidays 86
5. Free Speech and Expression 95
School Board Meetings 95
Student Dress 104
Student Publications 112
Part III Students
6. Internet Use 121
7. Student Organizations/Clubs 127
8. Part-time Admission of Students 135
9. Student Medicine 144
10. Student Records 151
Part IV Personnel
11. Personnel Evaluation 165
12. Governmental Immunity 179
Part V Accountability
13. Educational Malpractice 189
References 198
Index 208
About the Authors 214
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