Teachers and the Law

Teachers and the Law

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Teachers and the Law by Louis Fischer, David Schimmel, Cynthia A. Kelly

“At the moment, this is the best [education law] book on the market. I like the way this book shows students about potential troubles and how they may go about avoiding legal hassles.”

–Fumie K. Hashimoto, Saint Martin’s College

“I believe that this is a very comprehensive text that generates a great deal of discussion in my class.”

–Leonard R. Goduto, Rider University

Teachers and the Law is the only text that provides a question and answer format that addresses every aspect of school law from a teacher’s and school administrator’s perspective. Clearly written and useful to both teachers and school administrators, this text focuses on legal issues reflecting current trends that are important to educators in the 21st century. The authors designed the text for school professionals seeking an easy to use reference on every important area of school law, including student and employee rights, the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act on those rights, and how to understand their legal rights and responsibilities.

New to This Edition

  • New material highlights controversies to be confronted during the beginning of the 21st century, including updated information on school choice addressing charter schools and the voucher system, the re-authorization of IDEA, copyright issues, bullying, hate speech, sexual harassment, affirmative action, rights of homosexuals, and zero tolerance policies.
  • A new chapter on No Child Left Behind and High Stakes Testing and their implications illustrates material that is essential to teachers and students.
  • The latest cases in educational case law have been added. All areas have been updated to correspond to the most recent court decisions.
  • New pedagogy such as chapter introductions and summaries assist understanding and ease of use.
  • An updated Instructor's Manual includes edited Supreme Court cases, references to related materials, discussion and examination questions, suggested teaching activities, key terms, and chapter topic discussion.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801304828
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/1991
Edition description: 3rd ed
Pages: 416

About the Author

Louis Fischer (J.D. and Ph.D., Stanford University) is Professor Emeritus and former dean of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

David Schimmel (J.D., Yale University) is Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Leslie R. Stellman (J.D., Syracuse University) is chairman of the Education Law Practice-Group of the Towson, Maryland, firm of Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz, P.A., as well as an Adjunct Professor of Education Law at Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University Graduate School of Education, and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Table of Contents

1. Teachers and the Legal System.


2. Do I Have a Contract?

3. How Secure Is My Employment?

4. How Does Collective Bargaining Effect Me?

5 . When Am I Liable?

6. What Constitutes Slander and Libel?

7. How Should I Deal with Child Abuse and Neglect?

8. How Does Copyright Law Affect Me?


9. When Can Schools Restrict Freedom of Expression?

10. When Can Schools Limit Religious Freedom?

11. When Can Schools Limit Freedom of Association?

12. What Are My Rights Under Due Process?

13. How Free Is My Personal Life?

14. Are Teachers and Students Protected Against Racial Discrimination?

15. Are Teachers and Students Protected Against Sex Discrimination?

16. Are There Special Rights for Students with Disabilities and Non-English speasking students?

17. Who Controls Student Records?

18. Do parents Have Choice in Educating Their Children?

19. When Can Schools Restrict Personal Appearance?

20. The No Child Left Behind Act, High Stakes Testing, and Other Current Controversies.

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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