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Williams, Charles F.; Hawke, Catherine – Social Education, 2010
Of the three branches of government, the Supreme Court usually receives the least national attention. Not so this year. In addition to another changing of the guard with the retirement of Justice Stevens and the nomination of Elena Kagan, the 2009-2010 term generated a great deal of controversy. And in a number of instances, the public's keen…
Descriptors: Federal Courts, Personnel Selection, Retirement, Labor Turnover
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Simpson, Michael D. – Social Education, 2010
Social studies and history teachers should be free to expose students to controversial ideas and to teach critical thinking skills. But are they free? Do they have the constitutional right--call it academic freedom--to teach what they want and to discuss controversial issues in the classroom? The short answer is "no." In this article,…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Academic Freedom, Constitutional Law, Thinking Skills
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Schwartz, Sherry – Social Studies, 2010
This article provides some strategies to alleviate the current tensions between personal responsibility and freedom of speech rights in the public school classroom. The article advocates the necessity of making sure students understand the points and implications of the first amendment by providing a mock trial unit concerning free speech rights.…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Law Related Education, Freedom of Speech, Constitutional Law
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Ratliff, Lindon J. – Planning and Changing, 2010
Federal court cases are examined in an effort to view recent First Amendment rights infringements which have occurred in Mississippi. Case law reinforces students' rights to wear same-sex outfits to school functions as well as to bring same-sex dates. Connection to a recent civil rights investigation by the NAACP into a north Mississippi middle…
Descriptors: Federal Courts, Court Litigation, Student Rights, Clothing
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Peslak, Alan R. – Information Systems Education Journal, 2010
One of the most important topics for today's information technology professional is the study of legal and regulatory issues as they relate to privacy and security of personal and business data and identification. This manuscript describes the topics and approach taken by the instructors that focuses on independent research of source documents and…
Descriptors: Privacy, Information Security, Computer Security, Electronic Publishing
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (NJ1), 2009
Each year, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) conducts a wide, detailed survey of restrictions on speech at America's colleges and universities. The survey and resulting report explore the extent to which schools are meeting their obligations to uphold students' and faculty members' rights to freedom of speech, freedom of…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Constitutional Law, Public Colleges, Private Colleges
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Letzring, Timothy D.; Wolff, Lori A. – College Student Affairs Journal, 2009
Rather than anticipating an issue or proactively addressing it, college and university administrators often find themselves in the position of reacting to recent laws or court decisions. This paper examines an issue ripe for proactive thought; an issue not yet directly considered in court cases: free speech and the student employee. In the…
Descriptors: Student Employment, Freedom of Speech, Public Colleges, Constitutional Law
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Hickman, Larry A. – Education and Culture, 2009
There seems to be an unwritten agreement among most Americans that there are three topics that are best avoided in polite company: (1) politics; (2) personal finances; and (3) religion. The American reluctance to discuss religion with acquaintances at a dinner party or picnic may be a part of a larger phenomenon: a manifestation of the secularism…
Descriptors: Religion, Constitutional Law, Religious Organizations, Interviews
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La Roche, Claire Reeves; Flanigan, Mary A.; La Roche, St. Clair Reeves – Journal of College Teaching & Learning, 2009
Facebook is one of the fastest growing applications of the Internet. Social networking via Facebook provides a popular way for students and others to connect with a wide audience and expand their circle of friends. Facebook account holders have been denied admission to universities, not hired for jobs, lost scholarships, been disciplined by…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Internet, Web Sites, Social Networks
Baker, Jason M. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
It is imperative that school administrators, athletic directors, and interscholastic/athletic associations become knowledgeable in the area of interscholastic athletics at the secondary level and fully understand its potential for litigation. Thus, the purpose of this research study is to examine issues, outcomes, and legal trends involving…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Civil Rights, Intervention, Constitutional Law
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Bain, Christina – Art Education, 2009
The number of lawsuits pertaining to educationally related issues is on the rise in the US (Mounts, 1999). Garner (2000) reports that teachers consider legal issues the third most important area of teacher preparation. However, few universities offer undergraduate courses in educational law and few programs offer comprehensive training concerning…
Descriptors: Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, School Law, Art Teachers
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Warnick, Bryan R. – Educational Researcher, 2009
Since the "Tinker" decision, the Supreme Court has maintained that student First Amendment rights are modified by the "special characteristics of the school environment." The nature of these characteristics, however, has not been adequately investigated. The author proposes seven characteristics of schools that are relevant to…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Constitutional Law, Student Rights, Educational Environment
Downs, Donald A. – John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy (NJ1), 2009
Although the term academic freedom is tossed about almost with abandon, many people do not know exactly what it means. This paper defines academic freedom, explains to whom it applies, and places it in its historical, institutional, and legal contexts. This paper also offers guidelines for deciding when and where the protection of academic freedom…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, College Students, Colleges
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Lee, Konrad S.; Thue, Matthew I.; Oldham, Jared; Stephenson, Tara N. – Journal of Legal Studies Education, 2009
This article provides a tool to help instructors introduce students to the intersection of blogging and employment law. Section II provides source materials on the subject. Specifically, it presents a summary overview of: (1) the development of blogging and other forms of online user generated content; (2) the legality of terminating an at-will…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Internet, Employment
Adams, Helen R. – School Library Monthly, 2009
Many school librarians fear a challenge to the resources in their libraries. This article begins a three-part series on challenges to resources in school libraries. It focuses on an overview of the definition of a challenge, what is challenged, and why, as well as what, happens during a challenge. The second part will explore the concept of…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Intellectual Freedom, Library Materials
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