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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)

February 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 Authors
1. The School and the Legal Environment
1a. The School’s Relationship to the Legal Environment
1b. Constitutional Clauses and Amendments That Effect Education Practice
1c. Selected Federal Statutes That Affect Education Practice
1d. Supreme Court Rulings That Affect Education Practice
2. Preventive Law
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. Marketplace of Ideas
9e. Health and Safety Issues
10. Copyright Law
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
13a. Code of Ethics for Educators
13b. Teachers and Students
13c. Teacher Protection in Practice

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