ERIC Number: ED045575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Desegregation and the Rights of Educators in Mississippi.
National Education Association, Washington, DC. Commission on Professional Rights and Responsibilities.
This legal handbook, developed at the recommendation of the 1970 National Education Association (NEA) fact-finding teams in Louisiana and Mississippi, describes the rights of teachers, with specific focus on Mississippi. The introductory section lists 10 cautionary rules to assist a teacher if his employment status or security is treatened by arbitrary behavior of an administrator or school board. The four major sections each contain a series of questions with general answers based on the policies of state and local boards of education within the legal framework of state and federal statutes and constitutions and judicial decisions. Chapter 1 on "Personal Rights and Freedoms" answers 13 questions regarding such topics as participation in civil rights activities and political activities, teaching black studies, and support of student protest activities. Chapter 2 on "Rights of Teachers Against Unreasonable Official Directives and Other Intrusions" covers seven situations, e.g., unlawful search of a teacher's belongings, the use of wiretapping. Chapter 3 on "Legal Protection Against Displacement as a Result of Desegration: The 'Singleton' Decree" explains eleven related issues such as filling of teacher vacancies following desegregation and related dismissal and demotions. Chapter 4, "Protections Against Unjust Dismissals, Demotions, and Reassignments" answers 21 questions, most covered by Mississippi law, e.g., contract, renewal, teachers' right to legal counsel. (JS)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Legal Problems, School Desegregation, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Employment, Teachers
NEA, Office of the General Counsel, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (single copies upon request)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC. Commission on Professional Rights and Responsibilities.
Identifiers: Mississippi; Singleton Decree