ERIC Number: ED318085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Courts and School Policies.
Lufler, Henry S., Jr.
This paper examines what is known about the link between court decisions and changing school discipline practices; proposes a variety of studies to add to knowledge in this area; and contains suggestions on ways that research findings can be used to improve the ongoing legal education of school personnel. The complex nature of some of the Supreme Court education decisions in the late 1960s and early-to-mid 1970s increased the role of legal commentators in exploring and interpreting decisions. The focus on litigation also diverted attention from other educational issues such as exploring the root causes of school unrest. School law materials need to be specialized and tailored to meet the special issues that are common to particular positions. Teachers need to learn the basic principles of school law and learn of the outcomes of controversial cases involving such issues as educational malpractice. Two tables in the appendixes summarize search and seizure and discipline cases in federal courts and state courts of appeal which were decided between 1979 and 1985. (57 references) (MLF)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Behavior Change, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Court Role, Discipline Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts, Literature Reviews, Politics of Education, Research Needs, School Law, School Personnel, School Policy, Search and Seizure, State Courts, Student Rights
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Invitational Conference on Student Discipline Strategies sponsored by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education (Washington, DC, November 7, 1986).