ERIC Number: ED169658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
The Courts and the Out-of-School Activities of Teachers.
This paper considers recent state and federal court decisions regarding the private lives of teachers. It discusses in detail cases involving homosexuality, which are the most controversial, and cases involving heterosexuality. Also discussed are cases involving teacher relationships with minor students, nonsexual immorality, drug-related offenses, and residency of teachers. The extent to which teachers can be disciplined for the private conduct of their lives, the paper states, is usually conditioned by the status of the participants in the disputed involvement, the recency of the case, the attendant degree of notoriety, and the likelihood of recurrence of the objectionable behavior. The paper concludes that mere displeasure of school officials with teachers' outside activities is not sufficient basis for punitive measures. Rather, an effort must be made to weigh the balance between the public's interest and the interests of individuals. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Homosexuality, Moral Issues, Teacher Behavior
Not available separately; See EA 011 530
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 23 of "School Law Update--1977" (EA 011 530); For related documents, see EA 011 530-556