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The Principal's Quick-Reference Guide to School Law

The Principal's Quick-Reference Guide to School Law
Reducing Liability, Litigation, and Other Potential Legal Tangles

Second Edition

Other Titles in:
Legal Issues | School Management

May 2006 | 440 pages | Corwin
`The authors have taken a topic which could cover volumes, and produced a concise, easily understood desk reference which I have already used on the job.'

-Stephen Harding, Principal Terry High School, MS

Minimize site-based risk while respecting the legal rights of students, staff, and parents!

Principals deal with complicated and potentially damaging legal issues every day . . . and now there's an accurate, accessible tool, written in plain English that can give administrators the information they need to do their jobs while minimizing legal risk. While retaining the reader-friendly format from their first edition, Dennis R. Dunklee and Robert J. Shoop-recognized school law experts-provide additional programmatic guidance for other school district personnel, "management cues" and "risk management guidelines," a comprehensive index, additional references to landmark court cases, coverage of the No Child Left Behind Act, and information on state-created danger and deliberate indifference.

This second edition helps school administrators quickly find important legal guidance for issues that include

Staff selection and evaluation

Student rights and discipline

Special education and the reauthorized IDEA

Copyright law

Search and seizure

Sexual harassment and sexual exploitation

And many more

This essential desk reference offers a straightforward resource on translating school law into practice and can be used as a day-to-day reference guide or a comprehensive overview of school law today.

Foreword by Charles J. Russo
About the Authors
1. Preventitive Law: Developing Risk and Crisis Management Programs
2. The School and the Legal Environment
3. The No Child Left Behind Act: Implications of NCLB on Local Schools
4. Constitutional and Statutory Foundations of Staff Selection, Contracting, and Evaluation
5. Teachers' Constitutional Rights, Terms, and Conditions of Employment
6. Students’ Rights
7. Student Discipline
8. The Principal’s Responsibilities in Providing Special Education Services
9. Academic Issues and Student Records
10. Copyright Law
11. Search and Seizure
12. The Principal’s Responsibilities in Program Management
13. Sexual Harassment
14. Danger Creation
15. The Principal’s Tort Liability for Negligence as Applied to Expected Duty and Standards of Care

"The authors have taken a topic that could cover volumes and produced a concise, easily understood desk reference that I have already used on the job."

Stephen Handley, Principal
Terry High School, MS

“The examples and vignettes are right on target! The authors share the information most relevant to the daily activities of administrators, and their coverage is very complete.”

Michelle Kocar, Principal
Liberty Elementary School, North Ridgeville, OH


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ISBN: 9781412925938