ERIC Number: ED204333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Legal Literacy: A Necessity for Florida Preservice/Inservice Teachers.
Ringenberger, Barbara K.; Funk, Fanchon F.
The increasing impact of judicial and legislative intervention at all levels of school operations make it necessary for educators to be more aware of their legal rights and liabilities. Few inservice and preservice teacher education programs in Florida provide legal education for teachers, and a study showed that teachers are largely uninformed of the legal aspects of their profession. Many educational situations are covered by Florida school laws, such as: (1) Is there a law which states that teachers must maintain good order in the classroom? (Yes); (2) Is corporal punishment administered by teachers legal? (Yes); (3) Do public school students have the right to privacy? (Yes); (4) Can the state revoke or suspend teacher certificates? (Yes, for specific reasons); and (5) Can a teacher be charged with negligence if a student is injured in his or her classroom? (It depends). There is a legal ingredient to almost every educational situation, yet no aspect of teacher education has been so neglected. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Dallas, TX, February, 1981).