ERIC Number: ED170841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Unintended Impact of Supreme Court School Discipline Decisions.
Lufler, Henry S., Jr.
Using Goss v. Lopez as an example, this paper discusses how a Supreme Court decision impacts at three different levels: the extent of compliance with a decision, the direct effects of a decision, and--of greater importance--the unintended consequences. The latter occur, for example, when school districts engage attorneys where they had none before, when state legislatures begin to enact legislation in areas related to the court cases, or when loss of public esteem in the courts occurs as a result of the court's decision. The paper concludes that uncertainty about Goss and other decisions, especially among teachers and students, can be addressed through inservice and continuing education programs and through the incorporation of legal education into the public school and teacher preparation curricula. Until these steps are taken, unintended consequences of the court's discipline decisions will continue to be felt and will have a significant, if difficult to measure, impact on what occurs in the public schools. (Author/LD)
Not available separately; See EA 011 580
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers: Goss v Lopez
Note: Chapter 7 of "Contemporary Legal Issues in Education" (EA 011 580); For related documents, see EA 011 580-581 and EA 011 583-598 ; Paper presented at the 1978 Annual Convention of the National Organization on Legal Problems of Education