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Frels, Kelly; Horton, Janet L. – Education Law Association, 2007
The primary objective of a school district's teacher evaluation system is to improve teachers' performance so they can become successful and contribute to the objectives of the district. If the evaluation does not produce this positive result, the teacher must be replaced, either by resignation or termination. The district's evaluation system thus…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Dismissal, Documentation
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Lewy, Southey; Betty, Stafford – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2007
Very few elementary public school teachers in the United States expose their students to religion and spirituality in an in-depth way. Even when they have the necessary knowledge base, they shy away from so dangerous an enterprise. They might fear provoking a challenge from parents who are irreligious and are shocked to find religion being…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Religion, Religious Factors, Fear
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Lukenbill, W. Bernard; Lukenbill, James F. – School Library Media Research, 2007
Censorship of school library collections has risen significantly in the last few decades, and such attacks are increasing. American courts have ruled that students in schools have First Amendment rights and some degree of freedom of speech. Courts also have ruled that students have the right to information and to learn and discuss issues of…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Media Specialists, Censorship, Student Rights
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Kaplan, H. Roy – Journal of School Violence, 2007
River Run High School, located in rural west central Florida, was the site for a case study of student conflict precipitated by the wearing and display of Confederate flags on campus. Following a series of tense student encounters over Confederate and other racist symbols, a conflict resolution team was invited to intervene. Team members created a…
Descriptors: High Schools, Conflict, Constitutional Law, Conflict Resolution
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Johns, Sara Kelly – Knowledge Quest, 2007
"When you start your new job as a school librarian, one of the first steps you must take is to ask to see the district's book selection policy. If there isn't one, write one. Right away. It protects you, the teachers, and the district." That advice was part of the author's school library administration course at the School of Library and…
Descriptors: Information Science Education, Intellectual Freedom, Library Administration, School Libraries
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Russo, Charles J. – Education and the Law, 2007
As the most unionized segment of the public sector workforce in the USA, teachers and their bargaining representatives wield significant power in the world of educational labour relations and beyond. Yet, just as the First Amendment's freedom of association clause affords unions the right to exist, its concomitant recognition that employees are…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Foreign Countries, Public Sector
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Russo, Charles J. – Education and the Law, 2007
Enshrined in the First Amendment as part of the Bill of Rights that was added to the then 4 year old US Constitution in 1791, it should be no surprise that freedom of speech may be perhaps the most cherished right of Americans. If anything, freedom of speech, which is properly treated as a fundamental human right for children, certainly stands out…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, National Security, Courts, Constitutional Law
Gould, Jon B. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Last December saw another predictable report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a self-described watchdog group, highlighting how higher education is supposedly under siege from a politically correct plague of so-called hate-speech codes. In that report, FIRE declared that as many as 96 percent of top-ranked colleges…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Constitutional Law, Organizations (Groups), Social Discrimination
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
This article reports on two Mideast-themed schools which have attracted fierce controversy amplified in the news media and the blogosphere. A new public school with a focus on Arabic language and culture is set to open in New York City this week, after being assailed for months by opponents who claim it will be a taxpayer-funded Islamic school…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, News Media, Charter Schools, Semitic Languages
Kilman, Carrie – Teaching Tolerance, 2007
In this article, the author discusses how a school district in Modesto, California deals with religious diversity. Modesto requires that every 9th-grader in the district enroll in a semester-long world religions course. Ninth grade made sense--students were old enough to handle the subject material, and the emphasis on religious diversity happened…
Descriptors: Grade 9, State Standards, Constitutional Law, Religion
Radway, Mike – Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, 2007
Many people in the early childhood education field are afraid of government relations work, intimidated by politicians, and believe the whole process is unseemly. The author asserts that they should not be afraid nor be intimidated because government relations is not rocket science and fundamentally officeholders are no different from the rest of…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Democracy, Early Childhood Education, Government Role
Rahdert, Mark C. – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
Since President Bush named Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court, speculation has run high as to where the new court may be headed. Citing three recent cases ("Morse v. Frederick", "Rumsfeld v. Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, Inc." and "Garcetti v.…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Court Litigation, Federal Courts, Higher Education
Jacoby, Russell – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2007
The old childhood ditty "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me" has proved wiser than the avalanche of commentary provoked by the recent insults by Don Imus and the killings at Virginia Tech. Our society forbids public name-calling but allows sticks and stones. Anyone can acquire a gun, but everyone must be…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Weapons, Gun Control, Constitutional Law
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Bishop, Penny A.; Nash, Robert J. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2007
Talking about religion in public middle schools has moved from taboo to necessity during the past few years. Although some middle schoolers hold knowledge of their own religion, most remain uninformed about any of the world's religions, including, for many, their own. The purpose of this article is to make the case for religious literacy--the…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Religion, Middle School Students, Religious Education
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Graca, Thomas J.; Stader, David L. – NASSP Bulletin, 2007
This article lays the foundation of American First Amendment jurisprudence in public schools and examines recent cases relating to student Internet speech. Particular emphasis is placed on the ability of schools to regulate student off-campus Internet speech. School authorities who wish to regulate nonthreatening off-campus speech in the…
Descriptors: Internet, Constitutional Law, Freedom of Speech, Student Rights
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