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Imber, Michael – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses legal issues related to the celebration of Christmas in public schools. Concludes that schools can display secular symbols of Christmas such as reindeer, elves, and Santa Clause, but not religious ones, such as wise men, angels, and nativity scenes. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Religious Holidays
Hutton, Thomas – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes what schools may do and must not do in recognizing religious holidays such as Christmas. Suggests several play-it-safe strategies for school boards to avoid community controversy or litigation related to the observance of religious holidays. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Religious Holidays
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
Analyzes "Camlin v. Beecher Community School District (Illinois)," wherein the state appellate court held that the school board violated its own drug policy when it expelled a high school student for allegedly smoking marijuana on a field trip without first offering him an opportunity to enter a drug education program. Court also held…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Discipline Policy, Drug Education
McGraw, Harold, III – American School Board Journal, 2003
For organizations to succeed and endure, trust, collaboration, and performance cultures must coexist. A culture of trust starts with a school board that is independent and fully accountable and that holds all only its employees accountable. In a culture of collaboration, the board becomes a partner in setting goals but allows the experts to do…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Effectiveness, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role
Duresky, Neil – American School Board Journal, 2003
The La Crosse (Wisconsin) School Board turned to the comprehensive school board development program offered by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) for help in governance policy. The board adopted John Carver's Policy Governance model consisting of ends policies, executive limitations, board and superintendent relationship, and…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Board Administrator Relationship, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
A federal case from Wooster, Ohio, illustrates the tension facing school boards and administrators when they deal with student expression. Explains the judge's reasoning about the issues involving First Amendment rights of student editors and the policies and relevant free-speech principles. (MLF)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Censorship, Court Litigation, Federal Courts
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
In "Barrow" the 5th Circuit erected a very high burden of proof for school districts to show that policies requiring employees to live within the district are necessary to sustain public confidence in public schools. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Constitutional Law, Due Process, Enrollment
Hess, Frederick M. – American School Board Journal, 2003
Elected school boards' skeptical eyes can guard against bad management practices and ensure that different voices get heard. Problems with board governance are a product of too little democracy. A democratic reform strategy would make board elections partisan, hold them on the same day as elections for more prominent state or national offices,…
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrator Effectiveness, Board of Education Policy, Boards of Education
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
Analyzes federal case involving suspension of New Jersey high school student for wearing a T-shirt listing top 10 reasons for being a "redneck" in violation of district's racial harassment policy. Court upheld the policy with a minor exception, but ruled its application to the student's "redneck" T-shirt violated his First…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts
Danforth, Eric L. – American School Board Journal, 2003
According to the Education Commission of the States, 14 states prohibit pagers and/or cell phones in schools, 8 states have repealed bans, and the rest have no statutes on the issue. Ten states, including some that have repealed bans, grant policymaking authority to local boards. Presents arguments pro and con on cell phones and school district…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Student Relationship, Public Schools
Comer, James P. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Asserts that knowing how children develop is essential to understanding their behavior. Describes role of schools and school boards in addressing student behavior problems related to child development. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Board of Education Policy, Boards of Education, Child Development
Holmes, Cecile S. – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes appropriate school district policies and procedures in light of two U.S. Supreme Court religion-in-schools decisions: "Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe" and "The Good News Club v. Milford Central School." (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes several cases involving the sexual abuse of students by teachers and other staff members; suggests ways school districts can protect their students from abusive staff members, especially pedophiles. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Personnel Selection, Sexual Abuse
Imber, Michael – American School Board Journal, 2002
Discusses shortcomings of student grade-point averages (GPA), including the use of weighted grading. (PKP)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Board of Education Policy, Class Rank, College Admission
Hoff, Tina – American School Board Journal, 2002
Reports the results of Kaiser Family Foundation study that finds large majority of parents surveyed want schools to teach sex education that includes information on abstinence, contraception, and sexually transmitted diseases. Includes examples of the sex-education curriculum in several school districts. Provides suggests for helping school boards…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Policy, Sex Education
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