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ERIC Number: ED494105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 184
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-5788-6500-XISBN-978-1-57886-500-0
Negligence: What Principals Need to Know about Avoiding Liability
DeMitchell, Todd A.
Rowman & Littlefield Education
A science teacher forgets to remind her students to wear their safety goggles during a chemistry experiment and one student is injured when the caustic chemicals he is working with splash into his eyes. A teacher is late for recess duty and a student falls from the swings and is injured. A principal sends one teacher and one student teacher on a field trip with 65 students to the seashore when two students slip away and drown. Are these educators liable for the injuries and the death of the students? Principals must know the law of negligence and apply its theory in order to successfully lead today's schools. "Negligence: What Principals Need to Know About Avoiding Liability" provides case studies, legal analysis, and practical applications that will help principals achieve effective leadership. This book is an excellent primer on the tort of negligence and what steps can be taken to reduce injuries and avoid liability. Written in readable format it is a must-read for experienced, beginning, and aspiring principals. The book opens with a Foreword by Richard Fossey; the Preface: On Becoming a Principal; and then continues with: Section One: Introduction and Research, presents an Introduction and Research on Liability and the Principal. Section Two contains Case Studies. Section Three, Tort Liability and Its Defenses, presents (1) Tort Liability; and (2) Defenses to a Finding of Negligence: When an Accident Happens --What Next? (Christian Keiner). Section Four: Applications of Tort Liability, presents:(3) Hazing: More than an Innocent Injury; (4) Negligent Hiring: Did We Hire the Wrong Person? (5) Educational Malpractice (Terri A. DeMitchell); (6) Sexual Abuse of Students: Case Studies on Liability; (7) Vicarious Liability for Harm Caused by School Employees; (8) Do Not Resuscitate Orders: The Psychological Impact of a Do Not Resuscitate Order; (9) Safety Plan, Communication, and the Press; and (10) The Proactive, Prudent Principal. Appended are: (1) Case Studies Revisited; (2) Handbook Policy on Supervision; (3) Tort Liability Handout; (4) Liability and the Science Lab; (5) Tort Scenarios; (6) Discussion of Tort Scenarios; (7) Local Legal Issue: Their Cup Runneth Over (Sherry Belcher); (8) Local Legal Issue: Their Cup Runneth Over (Sherry Belcher); (9) Selected Cases for Discussion; (10) Tort Liability Test; and (11) Court Case: The Toothpick and the Ear.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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