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ERIC Number: ED437381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
How Teachers Can Avoid Being Sued: Law and American Education.
Greene, Jim
This paper explores what teachers can do to avoid potential lawsuits. Section 1 describes different types of laws for public and private schools. Section 2 discusses tort liability. Section 3 presents legal principles that apply to educators (in loco parents, intentional torts, strict liability, negligence, foreseeability, assigned duties, contributory negligence, assumption of risk, and federal torts). Section 4 discusses negligent conduct and supervision. Section 5 presents guidelines in supervision. Section 6 discusses responsibility for learning (accountability, curriculum, and new teaching methods and techniques). Section 7 presents guidelines in methodology. Section 8 discuses obscenity in the classroom. Sections 9 and 10 discuss libel, slander, and privacy and related guidelines. Sections 11 and 12 discuss teachers' civil liberties and related guidelines. Section 13 discusses before and after school. Sections 14 and 15 note that principals can also be sued, and offer guidelines for principals. Section 16 describes teachers as counselors. Section 17 explains child abuse reporting. Section 18 discusses classroom management. Section 19 examines prayer in school. Section 20 emphasizes field trips. Section 21 presents guidelines for corporal punishment. Section 22 discusses guidelines regarding discipline. Section 23 explains what teachers should do if they think they might get sued. (Contains 13 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A