ERIC Number: ED453586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Law and American Education: A Case Brief Approach.
Palestini, Robert H.; Palestini, Karen F.
It is important that teachers and administrators have at least a rudimentary knowledge and understanding of school law and how it affects their day-to-day classroom activities, since the courts have played an increasingly significant role in defining school policy. Decisions in school desegregation, prayer, public school financing, student rights, collective bargaining, students with disabilities, and sexual harassment attest to the extent and importance of judicial influence. There is a sizable body of school law with which educators should be familiar if they wish to conduct themselves in a legally acceptable manner. This text provides introductory material for those educators interested in K-12 educational issues, and who have little or no background or knowledge in school law. It offers background reading in the sources of law and the structure of the judicial system that will enable readers to comprehend both procedurally and substantively significant aspects of cases and benefit from the information presented in succeeding chapters. The text also deals with the important issues endemic to nonpublic schools, as well as examining the extent of the state's and local school system's authority when individuals disagree with educational policy: compulsory school attendance, allowing religion in the schools, permitting the use of school facilities, providing aid to nonpublic schools, charging school fees, and providing health services. Other specific areas cover students and the law, teachers and the law, school desegregation, and school finance. (DFR)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Attendance, Educational Legislation, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Needs, Legal Responsibility, Parent Rights, Private Schools, Public Schools, Religion, School Desegregation, School Districts, Student Rights, Teacher Rights, Unions
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
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