ERIC Number: ED208581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Moran, K. D.
The author notes that two trends appear to be developing in litigation over the governance of the public schools. One trend is increasing participation of organized groups in suits against the schools. The other is a greater volume of litigation dealing with open meeting laws and freedom of information acts. Reflecting the second trend, the largest section in this chapter deals with the public's right to know. Litigation in this area concerns whether the topics discussed in closed board meetings, "unofficial" meetings, or "working sessions" violate the open meetings laws of the various states. In most states, closed meetings may only be held to discuss personnel matters, student matters, pending litigation, negotiation strategy, and real estate transactions. Other topics examined in the chapter include school district immunity from suits, the limits of the powers and duties of the board, conflict of interest, school district organization, and transportation of students to and from the schools. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts, Federal Legislation, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Meetings, State Courts, State Legislation, Student Transportation
Not available separately; See EA 014 158.
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Identifiers: Conflict of Interest; Governmental Immunity; Open Meetings
Note: Chapter 1 of "The Yearbook of School Law, 1981" (EA 014 158); For related documents, see EA 014 160-165.