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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

Fourth Edition (Revised Edition)

Other Titles in:
Legal Issues | School Management

April 2022 | 376 pages | Corwin

The go-to legal resource for today’s principals!

New technology and world events have upended everything we once took for granted about schools, including the laws and policies that govern them. School safety concerns, curriculum challenges, the ever-changing landscape of social media, and the 2020/2021 COVID-19 crisis have made school leadership an infinitely more complex arena. Familiarity with the law is essential to help principals maintain safe and equitable communities and minimize legal risk. The 4th edition of The Principal's Quick-Reference Guide to School Law provides the go-to help principals need to increase their knowledge of education law in this time of change. Within its pages, leaders can access tools to help them make better decisions when educational law related issues impact their schools.  Readers will find

  • A completely revamped design for easier reference
  • Practical examples to help demystify complex cases
  • Updated cases studies from 2014 to today
  • Guidance on new topics, such as vaping, sexting, student protests and walkouts
  • An "Education Law 101 for Teachers" section to help leaders provide basic legal training for staff and teachers.

Written for aspiring and current school principals, this book will answer all the “what if” questions that inevitably arise at least once in every leader’s tenure.

Preface and Advisement
About the Author
1. The School and the Legal Environment
1a. The School’s Relationship to the Legal Environment
1b. Constitution Clauses and Amendments That Affect Education Practice
1c. Selected Federal Statutes That Affect Education Practice
1d. Supreme Court Rulings That Affect Education Practice
2. Preventive Law: Developing Risk and Crisis Management Programs
2a. Prevention and Risk Management
2b. Duty and Risk Management
2c. Working With the Media
3. Tort Liability
3a. The Law of Torts and the Concept of Negligence
3b. The Concept of Negligence and Its Application to Duty and Standards of Care
3c. Negligence, Duty, and Standards of Care in School Activities
3d. State-Created Danger and Deliberate Indifference
4. Students’ Rights
4a. Symbolic Expression
4b. Oral and Written Expression
4c. Privacy, Search, and Seizure
4d. Gender Identity
5. Technology and Social Media
5a. Student Technology Misconduct On and Off School Grounds
5b. Use of Technology to Monitor Students
6. Student Discipline
6a. Discipline Considerations for Principals
6b. Due Process
6c. Applying Discipline to Students
7. Sexual Harassment
7a. Origins of Sexual Harassment Prohibitions
7b. Definitions
7c. Title IX and Changing Guidance
7d. How to Handle Allegations and Complaints
7e. Additional Essential Topics of Focus
7f. Prevention
8. Special Education Services
8a. The Purpose and Historical Context of Special Education
8b. Key Terminology and Principles in Special Education Law
8c. Identification and Procedures for Students With Disabilities
8d. Disciplining Students With Disabilities
8e. Suggested Additional Resources
9. Program Management
9a. School Attendance
9b. Bilingual and Special Language Programs
9c. Religion in Public Schools
9d. The Marketplace of Ideas
9e. Health and Safety Issues
10. Copyright Law
10a. Sources of Copyright Law
10b. Copyright Protections
10c. Public Domain and Fair Use
10d. Minimizing Risk
11. Human Resources Management
11a. Human Resource Functions and Demands on Principals
11b. Important Laws Related to Human Resources
11c. Staff Selection
11d. Negligent Hiring, Defamation, and Referencing
11e. Examples of Management Cues
12. Teachers’ Rights
12a. Licensure and Employment Contracts
12b. Teachers’ Rights
12c. Teacher Discipline and Dismissal
12d. Hearings and Procedural Due Process
12e. Performance Evaluation
13. Education Law 101 for Teachers: Priorities for Professional Development
13a. Code of Ethics for Educators
13b. Teachers and Students
13c. Relationship With Administrators
13d. Teacher Protection in Practice
Table of Cases
References and Resources

The fourth edition of The Principal’s Quick-Reference Guide to School Law is an excellent reference book for school practitioners and future school leaders. Robert Hachiya provides helpful guidance on how to prevent legal controversies and how to apply the law fairly and equitably when legal issues arise. The book is user-friendly, comprehensive, and succinct—which is not an easy balance to strike! You will appreciate having this informative book in your school law tool kit.

Martha M. McCarthy
Presidential Professor, Loyola Marymount University, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

This well-written book places a helpful lens on describing, predicting, and preventing the types of legal entanglements that school site administrators might face. The text skillfully weaves pertinent case law with well-chosen examples of real-life situations. It is the practical application of law that makes this book especially helpful for both students of administration and practicing principals. The fourth edition’s updated content includes legal challenges around transgender students, emerging issues with social media and schools, and new case law that directly impacts the action of school leaders. I’ve used previous editions of this text for introductory law classes, and students often note how much they appreciate this book and plan to keep it for future reference.

Barbara Hickman
Assistant Professor, Program Coordinator, Educational Leadership, School of Counseling, Leadership, Advocacy, and Design

The fourth edition of The Principal’s Quick-Reference Guide to School Law is an invaluable resource for improving the legal literacy of today’s school leaders. The new edition includes important legal updates that many existing school law guides do not cover, including the changing legal landscape of the use of social media by students and some of the legal issues impacting schools as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The book also addresses a myriad of legal issues from the unique perspective of school administrators and their need to make informed decisions serving the best interests of students and their staff. This is a must-have resource for school leaders who need to effectively navigate the complexities of legal issues impacting our schools.

Kevin P. Brady
Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Arkansas, Program Director, UCEA Center for the Study of Leadership and the Law, Adjunct Professor, Summer Principal’s Academy, Teachers College-Columbia University

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