ERIC Number: ED133824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Concerning Statutory Protection for Principals. Part II--Protection Against Tort Liability. A Legal Memorandum.
National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Many states have statutes authorizing school districts to indemnify their employees against financial liability to persons claiming injury on school property or in school-related activities. Some statutes specifically permit the district to secure insurance for this purpose. Relatively few states, however, require either kind of protection. A few comprehensive mandatory statutes, such as those in Illinois and New Jersey, cover not only financial damages but all other expenses incurred in contesting such claims. Indemnification statutes do not, of course, cover acts of malfeasance or willful neglect of duty, although New Jersey provides for legal expenses in criminal cases where the accused is not convicted, and Florida permits reimbursement in such cases. Massachusetts limits coverage to actions for negligence but otherwise provides a good mandatory statute. (Author/JG)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Costs, Legal Responsibility, Principals, School Personnel, State Legislation
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($0.50, quantity discounts, payment must accompany orders of $10.00 or less)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Note: For related document, see ED 131 531