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Janet R. Decker, Maria M. Lewis, Elizabeth A. Shaver, Ann E. Blankenship-Knox, Mark A. Paige, eds. (2017) (6th ed.)
Softcover, 840 pages Monograph #96 ISBN-13: 978-1-56534-178-4
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The Principal’s Legal Handbook, 6th Edition pools the experience and expertise of over sixty scholars and practitioners, providing readers with important recent legal changes affecting schools today, and helping to translate the law for education professionals who do not have a legal background.
Each chapter in this new edition – a substantial revision of Education Law Association’s best-selling 5th edition, published in 2013 – highlights the most critical issues and provides practical recommendations, followed by listings of cases and key words discussed in the chapter.
Students and the Law
The handbook begins with chapters focusing on students. Topics covered include: discipline, freedom of expression; search and seizure; records; student promotion, retention, and graduation; child abuse; student sexual harassment; off-campus speech; truancy; and homeschooling.
Special Education and the Law
Next, the attention turns to the specific student group of students with disabilities. This section focuses on federal disability law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Topics include eligibility, IEPs, least restrictive environment, related services, transition planning, discipline, parental rights, and assessment.
Teachers and the Law
The third section addresses issues associated with teachers. Specific topics include dismissal, certification, academic freedom and censorship, sexual harassment in the workplace, evaluations, student injury, documentation, and curriculum.
Schools and the Law
The final section delves into general issues affecting schools. The chapters cover the Every Student Succeeds Act, religion, copyright, charter schools, collective bargaining, school funding litigation, affirmative action, desegregation, and English Language Learners.
This new edition of The Principal’s Legal Handbook is useful for a wide variety of professionals – educational leadership instructors and professors, attorneys, school leaders, teachers, and others – to update their knowledge about current legal issues in schools.
See our shipping and return information here. Introduction
Chapter 1: How to Use The Principal’s Legal Handbook to Increase Legal Literacy
Chapter 2: The American Legal System Section A: Students and the Law
Chapter A1: Student Discipline Hearings and Due ProcessChapter A2: Addressing Discriminatory and Exclusionary Discipline PracticesChapter A3: Freedom of ExpressionChapter A4: Searches in Public SchoolsChapter A5: Student RecordsChapter A6: Promotion, Retention, and GraduationChapter A7: Child AbuseChapter A8: Student-to-Student Sexual HarassmentChapter A9: Civil Liberties in CyberspaceChapter A10: TruancyChapter A11: Homeschooling and the Law
Section B: Special Education and the Law Chapter B1: Fundamentals of Federal Disability Law Chapter B2: Discrimination under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Americans with Disabilities Act Chapter B3: Qualifying for Special Education and Related Services under IDEA Chapter B4: IEPs, Least Restrictive Environment, and Placement Chapter B5: Related Services under the IDEA Chapter B6: Secondary School Transition Planning Chapter B7: Disciplining Students with Disabilities Chapter B8: Parental Rights, Procedural Safeguards, and Due Process Section C: Teachers and the Law Chapter C1: Teacher Dismissal Chapter C2: Teacher Certification Chapter C3: Academic Freedom and Censorship Chapter C4: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Chapter C5: Evaluations Chapter C6: Student Injury Chapter C7: Documentation Chapter C8: Curriculum in Public Schools Section D: Schools and the Law Chapter D1: The Evolution of NCLB to ESSA Chapter D2: Religious Influences and Accommodations in Public Schools Chapter D3: Copyright Laws in K-12 Settings Chapter D4: Charter Schools Chapter D5: Collective Bargaining in Public Schools Chapter D6: School Funding Litigation Chapter D7: Affirmative Action Chapter D8: School Desegregation during an Era of Continuing Judicial Disengagement Chapter D9: English Language Learners
Key Word Index