Legal aspects of the school principalship

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Doris Jarrett Henderson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Joseph E. Bryson

Abstract: The school principalship demands greater knowledge of legal issues concerning education than in the past. More and more courts are recognizing that students and teachers have constitutional rights which must be protected. Administrators are being challenged in court cases involving student rights, tort liability, and teacher rights. This study provides principals with information concerning major court rulings in the areas viewed as most litigious, including student rights involved in freedom of expression, speech, or press, personal appearance, suspension and expulsion, corporal punishment, search and seizure, marriage and parenthood, and handicapped children; tort liability; and teacher rights involved in First Amendment rights, due process, and academic freedom. Among the conclusions of this study are the following: (1) First Amendment rights of students are upheld by the courts when student conduct does not "materially and substantially interfere with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school," but conduct which "materially disrupts classwork or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of others" is not immunized by constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech.

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Language: English
Date: 1981
School principals $x Legal status, laws, etc
School administrators $x Legal status, laws, etc

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