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Hassenpflug, Ann – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2016
Analysis of two recent federal court cases in which principals violated student speech rights offers guidance to middle school administrators as they attempt to address student expression. Characteristics of a successful school from the Association for Middle Level Education provide a framework for analyzing these cases in order to prevent…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Rights, Freedom of Speech, Self Expression
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Hassenpflug, Ann – Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 2015
A review of two recent federal court cases concerning school principals who experienced adverse job actions after they engaged in speech about fiscal misconduct by other employees indicates that the courts found that the principal's speech was made as part of his or her job duties and was not protected by the First Amendment.
Descriptors: Principals, Educational Finance, Employees, Ethics
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Pagnotti, John; Russell, William B., III – Social Studies, 2015
The purpose of this article is to empower those interested in teaching students powerful and engaging social studies. Through the lens of Supreme Court simulations, this article provides educators with a viable, classroom-tested lesson plan to bring Problem-Based Learning into their classrooms. The specific aim of the lesson is to provide students…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Civics, Simulation, Court Litigation
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Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Maeng, Jennifer L.; Smetana, Lara K. – Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 2014
This article outlines how to incorporate argumentation into a forensic science unit using a mock trial. Practical details of the mock trial include: (1) a method of scaffolding students' development of their argument for the trial, (2) a clearly outlined set of expectations for students during the planning and implementation of the mock…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Crime, Persuasive Discourse, Court Litigation
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Yell, Mitchell L.; Katsiyannis, Antonis; Ryan, Joseph B.; McDuffie, Kimberly – Intervention in School and Clinic, 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court issued three rulings in special education cases during the past 2 years. Considering that in the previous 25 years, the high court had issued only 14 rulings, these three decisions represent a significant increase in the special education cases heard by the Court. These important rulings all addressed parental rights in due…
Descriptors: Parent Rights, Civil Rights, Hearings, School Districts
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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
Zirkel, Perry A. – National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, 2005
This monograph provides a comprehensive, concise, and current overview of the law-- specifically, legislation, regulations, and published court/administrative decisions--relating to gifted education for K-12 students. For students whose legal rights are based solely on their gifted status, the law largely boils down to (a) varying state statutes…
Descriptors: State Legislation, Disabilities, Legal Problems, Civil Rights