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Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2003
This article discusses the Equal Access Act (EAA) as it pertains to high-school student clubs. It raises basics questions about EAA: What does "equal" mean? What level of access is required? Does the First Amendment's free-speech clause offer broader protection to student clubs than the EAA? (WFA)
Descriptors: After School Programs, Civil Rights, Clubs, Court Litigation
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
Flanigan, Robin L. – American School Board Journal, 2000
Advocates embrace high-tech security measures as necessary to avoid Columbine-style massacres. Critics contend that school systems can go overboard, making students feel less safe and too closely scrutinized. Current electronic, biometric, and computer-mapping devices and school applications are discussed. Vendors are listed. (MLH)
Descriptors: Electronic Equipment, Privacy, School Security, Secondary Education
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1999
The recent decision of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in "Miller," based on the school district's interest in preventing possible abuse, gave legal support for random, suspiciousless drug testing of students. Contends this is a "slippery slope" argument, that the key factor in deciding whether to adopt a policy of random drug testing should…
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Drug Use Testing, Elementary Secondary Education
Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1988
In three recent cases, courts upheld school officials' decisions to prohibit students' school-based religious activities. Contends that the school boards and courts failed to exercise sufficient care in weighing students' right to engage in private religious activity during free time. (MLF)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Court Litigation, Federal Courts, High School Students
Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 1985
A Supreme Court ruling of January 1985 reversed a New Jersey Supreme Court decision of March 1984, which found a student search violated the Fourth Amendment. The reversal by the Supreme Court leaves unanswered some important questions about school searches. (MD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Search and Seizure, Secondary Education, Student Rights
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