ERIC Number: ED389695
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
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Educational Law: A Relevant Course for All Teacher Education Programs.
Gullatt, David E.; Tollett, John R.
With professional educators becoming the target of litigation in increasing proportions and most state legislatures preparing 15-20 new laws per year dealing with educational issues, it is essential that teachers become advised of the impact of law on their classrooms and their activities. This study surveyed a sample of 480 Louisiana teachers on their undergraduate education in school law. Teachers were surveyed at 12 locations. Of the sample, 30 percent reported advanced study towards a Master's degree. Ninety-five percent of the sample reported taking no course in school law as a proportion of their undergraduate preparation. The teachers were concerned with the following legal issues: privacy factors related to student records and general students conversations, child welfare, evaluation and tenure issues, and attendance regulations. Many respondents expressed a beginning interest in all legal areas of education. Members of the sample who were working on graduate degrees reported apprehensions about legal issues regarding privacy of student records, all areas of student discipline, tort, performance indicators, discipline issues, special education issues, false accusations, federal funds distribution, liability insurance, student/teacher rights, and accountability. The paper recommends that a specific course in educational law be added to the preparation curriculum for undergraduate and graduate educators. The survey instrument is appended. (Contains 11 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Spring Conference of the Louisiana Council of Professors of Educational Administration (Natchitoches, LA, March 29-30, 1995).