ERIC Number: ED233468
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
North Carolina School Law: The Principal's Role.
Dellinger, Anne M.
This book outlines the legal aspects of the principal's role in North Carolina and is intended to be used as an instructive and advisory aid when formulating school policy. The principal's legal status, including a definition of authority and employment rights, is discussed. The author delineates the principal's responsibilities for student welfare as follows: enforcing attendance law, identifying neglect and abuse, guarding children's health and safety, regulating access to student records, and placing students in appropriate educational programs. Asserting a principal's authority to discipline, the author differentiates between student First Amendment rights and negative rights (freedom from discrimination, right to due process, right to privacy of school records, and certain protections of the Fourth Amendment). Since many student rights have been established by federal court decisions and are in a state of flux, principals are advised to learn the areas in which legal difficulties are likely to arise and seek direction in those areas. The author covers the fairness of school rules and methods of enforcement, legal consideration of the duties a principal has as a supervisor, school financing, and duties involved in maintaining school property and supervising school transportation systems. In describing the principal's liability the author lists the statutes and penalties involved in North Carolina law. (MD)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Corporal Punishment, Court Litigation, Discipline, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Expulsion, Legal Responsibility, Principals, School Law, Student Rights, Student Transportation, Student Welfare, Supervision, Suspension
Publications, Institute of Government, Knapp Building 059A, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Books; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Institute of Government.
Identifiers: North Carolina