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Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2000
In a case involving use of physical force against a misbehaving eighth grader, a federal court judge concluded that the teacher's conduct did not violate the student's due-process rights, after applying the "shock the conscience" test. However, the case proceeded to trial, since district policy supported such force. (MLH)
Descriptors: Corporal Punishment, Court Litigation, Due Process, Grade 8
Hardy, Lawrence – American School Board Journal, 2000
The issue of state-imposed standards and high-stakes tests for graduation and promotion has polarized communities and school boards. Lawsuits have arisen in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona, Indiana, and California. Although opinion polls still strongly support standards and accountability, a backlash is spreading in some districts. (MLH)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Court Litigation, Dropouts, Grade Repetition
Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1985
A recent Florida court decision provides an example of a textbook case of an unconstitutionl student search. The key distinction from the "New Jersey vs. TLO" case (a student search found to be constitutional) is that the teacher who searched the students had no reasonable cause. (MD)
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Court Litigation, Search and Seizure, Secondary Education
Abrams, Marc – American School Board Journal, 1994
School boards should not interfere with student newspapers, beyond disciplining libelous journalists fairly. Instead of censoring articles, school boards and administrators should allow student journalists to make mistakes and pay later. If a lawsuit results from an irresponsible article, the school pays only if it controls. Rebecca Jones's…
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Boards of Education, Censorship, Court Litigation