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Avoiding Legal Hassles

Avoiding Legal Hassles
What School Administrators Really Need to Know

Second Edition

December 2001 | 136 pages | Corwin

A comprehensive quick reference that covers virtually every legal challenge faced by schools today

Veteran school administrators Bill Streshly and Larry Frase have taken their classic "quick reference" and combined it with the insight and experience of a practicing school attorney for a comprehensive, up-to-date reference that covers all the basics and more, including:

  • Education's legal framework
  • Making the system work for you
  • Understanding the direction of the changing law
  • The struggle for human rights: students, parents
  • Separation of church and state
  • Managing grades, tests, and student records
  • School discipline
  • School safety and security
  • Special education
  • Personnel management
  • Collective bargaining

… as well as new strategies for avoiding lawsuits and a highly useful "troubleshooting guide".

New to the Second Edition: Summaries and insights on the newest laws and trends in legislation … and now, for the first time, experienced administrators William Streshly and Larry Frase, join forces with John Walsh, a practicing attorney with extensive experience in school law, combining his knowledge of the judicial system with the needs of educators.

Fenwick W. English
About the Authors
1. Education's Legal Framework
Making the System Work for You

Free Public Education: An American Ideal

The Role of the Federal Government

The Role of the State of Government

State Office of Education

The Role of the Intermediate Education Agencies

The Role of Local School Boards

Charter Schools

The Judicial System

Keeping Abreast of the Law in Education

Key Terms


2. Coping With the Major Issues
Understanding the Direction of the Changing Law

The Search for Equality

The Struggle for Human Rights: Students, Parents

Separation of Church and State

Key Terms


3. Laws Affecting Students
Compulsory Education: The Obligation and the Right to Attend Public Schools

Spotting Traditional Legal Problems in the Curriculum

Managing Grades, Tests, and Student Records

Key Terms


4. Planning for Good School Discipline
Planning a Team Approach

Developing Strong Board Policies

Designing Comprehensive Site Discipline Plans

Protecting Student Rights

Guaranteeing Due Process

Protecting Freedom of Speech

Using Proper Search and Seizure Procedures

Mass Searches and Locker Searches

Enforcing School Rules

Crimes on Campus

Administering Punishment Effectively

Key Terms


5. Making the Campus Safe
A Duty to Protect

Avoiding Negligence

Providing Adequate Supervision

Statute of Limitations and Administrative Claims

Dealing With Police

Athletic Program Liability

Physical Education Classes

Liability in Shop Classes

Liability in Science Labs

Liability on Playgrounds

Dealing With Loiterers and Other Outsiders

Key Terms


6. Administering Special Education: The Question of Equal Access
Education for All Handicapped Children Act

School Year for the Disabled

IQ Tests for Placement

Key Terms


7. Coping With Legal Problems in Personnel Management
Hiring Professional Staff

Teacher Evaluation


Due Process Rights of Employees

Personnel Files

Contracts and Salary

Worker's Compensation

Key Terms

8. Avoiding the Legal Pitfalls of collective Bargaining
The Legal Foundations of Collective Bargaining

The Negotiating Process

Alternatives to Adversarial Bargaining

Contract Management and Grievance Procedures

Key Terms


9. Strategies to Avoid Lawsuits
Planning With the Courts in Mind

Risk Management

The Role of the Principal in Risk Management

Key Terms


Troubleshooting Guide

For instructors

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ISBN: 9780761945307