ERIC Number: ED344328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
School Law for the Principal: A Handbook for Practitioners.
Shoop, Robert J.; Dunklee, Dennis R.
The relationship between the principal and the law has never been easy to define. This book provides basic information on the current status of law, risk, and site-based management as they relate to the legal rights and responsibilities of principals. Twenty-one chapters are included in five sections. The first section discusses the school and the legal environment and contains a single chapter, entitled "The Legal Environment." The second section, "The Legal Relationship of the Principal to the Teacher," contains three chapters: "Constitutional and Statutory Foundations of Staff Selections"; "Contracting and Evaluation"; and "Teachers' Constitutional Rights, Terms, and Conditions of Employment." The third section focuses on the legal relationship of the principal to the student and includes five chapters: "Academic Issues"; "Student's First Amendment Rights"; "Student Records"; "Search and Seizure"; and "Student Discipline." Section 4 includes eight chapters on issues associated with program management: "Compulsory School Attendance"; "Religion in the Public Schools"; "Special Education"; "Bilingual and Special Language Programs"; "Health and Safety Issues"; "Copyright Law"; "Textbook Selection and Censorship in the Schools"; and "Community Education." The last section discusses the principal's tort liability for negligence and risk management and contains four chapters: "Tort Liability for Negligence and Risk Management"; "Duty and Standard of Care"; "The Principal as Risk Manager"; and (21) "The Knowledgeable Principal--Related Issues." The appendix contains a glossary, a table of cases, and an index. (657 references) (LAP)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Administrator Responsibility, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Responsibility, Principals, School Based Management, School Law, Student Rights, Teacher Rights, Torts
Allyn and Bacon, 160 Gould Street, Needham Heights, MA 02194.
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A