ERIC Number: ED108365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Legal Status of the Principal. A Legal Memorandum.
National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
This publication updates a survey originally conducted in 1970 to determine the legal status of school principals in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. States were categorized in four groups on the basis of similarities in their laws relating to principals. Category A includes 15 states in which principals have attained at least the basic elements of legal status; category B includes 6 states with school codes that frequently mention specific duties and responsibilities of principals; category C includes 18 states with school codes that occasionally mention specific duties and responsibilities of principals; and category D includes 12 states where principals have clearly not attained a legal status of identity separate from teachers. The importance of establishing a separate legal identity for principals is discussed, and possible strategies for achieving passage of the necessary state legislation are suggested. A prototype bill modeled after statutes enacted in Illinois, Michigan, and Texas is presented as a model for use in states currently without such legislation. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Strategies, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Status, Legal Responsibility, Models, National Surveys, Principals, School Law, State Legislation
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($0.25, quantity discounts, payment must accompany orders of $10.00 or less)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.