ERIC Number: ED089463
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
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School Communications: Duties and Dangers. A Legal Memorandum.
Nolte, M. Chester, Ed.
School administrators face increasing risks in the field of school communications. While a school administrator acting in the line of duty and without malice is protected by conditional privilege against libel and slander, it is easy to step outside this protection, and become liable for false or misleading statements. Knowing the results of the cases cited herein can hopefully prevent some wrong steps. Additionally, in recent years, a constitutional dimension has been added to the administrator's need to know more about the law of communications. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Tinker and subsequent cases, has held that neither teachers nor students shed their right to freedom of expression at the schoolhouse gate. What this new dimension will grow into is still open to conjecture. (Author/JF)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Administrators, Communication (Thought Transfer), Court Litigation, Educational Administration, Elementary Schools, Freedom of Speech, Legal Problems, Secondary Schools, Student Rights
National Association of Secondary School Principals, Dulles International Airport, P.O. Box 17430, Washington, D.C. 20041 ($0.25, Quantity Discounts. Payment must accompany order)
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Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.