ERIC Number: ED113850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Non-compliance with Education Laws: A Problem for Attorneys, Administrators, and Laymen.
Mandel, Richard L.
There is evidence that under certain circumstances public school administrators and board members avoid complying with laws that conflict with their personal notions of the proper legal constraints that should circumscribe the performance of their official duties. Although school desegregation is the most dramatic area of noncompliance, it is not examined here because the role played by school officials has been equalled and often overwhelmed by the roles of political and social forces outside the control of the school officials. Only those variables over which school attorneys, board members, and administrators have some influence are relevant here. These variables are (1) the communication of the nature of known legal requirements by school officials to those employees responsible for behaving in accordance with the law; (2) the formal structure of the school district insofar as it can facilitate or inhibit compliance with the law; (3) the informal group processes within the school district that support norms of either compliance or noncompliance with the law; and (4) the personality of individuals who are in key positions to influence compliance or noncompliance. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Administrators, Boards of Education, Civil Disobedience, Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Administration, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Norms, Individual Characteristics, Lawyers, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Organization, School Law, Values
Available only as part of complete document, see EA 007 648
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 17 of EA 007 648