ERIC Number: ED415572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
School Law. Cases and Concepts. Fifth Edition.
La Morte, Michael W.
Public school educators are aware that courts, over the last several decades, have played a significant role in establishing educational policy. This text attempts to address important issues in school law with an emphasis on those having an impact at the school-building level. Chapter 1 offers an overview of the sources of law and the court system in educational governance. Chapter 2 examines the extent of the state's and local school system's authority when individuals disagree with educational policy. Chapter 3 presents material regarding student rights, including freedom of expression, suspension and expulsion, corporal punishment, student searches, dress and grooming, pregnancy, education of disabled students, and extracurricular activities. Chapter 4 examines such teacher-related issues as dismissal, freedom of expression, academic freedom, drug testing, dress, employment discrimination, teacher bargaining, and political activities. Chapters 5 and 6 provide a historical perspective to the legal issues of school desegregation and the legal attacks on the adequacy of state school-finance plans. Chapter 7 addresses the extent, if any, of educator and school district liability for damages as a result of their official action or inaction. A table of cases is included. Appendices contain primers to analyzing court decisions and engaging in school-related legal research, sections of the U.S. Constitution and amendments that are most relevant to educators, federal statutes, a glossary, and an index. (LMI)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Due Process, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Federal Legislation, Governance, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Public Schools, School Desegregation, School Law, State Church Separation, State Government, Student Rights, Teacher Rights
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Publication Type: Books; Information Analyses
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