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Principals Avoiding Lawsuits


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Introduction Chapter 1: Liability for Student Injuries: Protecting Your Teachers, Your Students, and Your School Chapter 2: Student Freedom of Expression Chapter 3: Special Education Chapter 4: Discipline: Student Due Process and Search and Seizure Chapter 5: Student Harassment and Bullying Chapter 6: Teacher Freedom of Expression Chapter 7: Teacher Out-Of-School Conduct Chapter 8: Religion Chapter 9: Student Records: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Chapter 10: Abuse and Neglect Conclusion: Teaching and Practicing Preventative Law Appendix A: Conducting Legal Research Appendix B: Constitutional and Judicial Sources of Education Law Appendix C: The Court System Index About the Authors

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David Schimmel (J.D. Yale Law School) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and co-author of 8 books about law and education including Teachers and the Law 9th Ed. (2015). He is recipient of the Education Press Association of America's Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism and the Education Law Association's McGhehey (lifetime achievement) Award. Suzanne Eckes, J.D., Ph.D. is a professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at Indiana University. Dr. Eckes has published over 100 school-law articles and book chapters, is a co-editor of the Principal's Legal Handbook, Contemporary Legal Issues in Higher Education, and School Discipline and Safety, and is a co-author of the school law books Legal Rights of Teachers and Students and Public School Law. Matthew Militello (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is the Wells Fargo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership at East Carolina University and co-author of five books and more then 60 articles. Prior to his academic career, Matt was a middle and high school teacher and principal in the state of Michigan.


This is a must-have resource for school administrators! Every year, reviewing the school laws applicable to the classroom for teachers protects them from unnecessary interruptions and enables them to do what is best for students. This text makes it accessible and has great activities to generate professional conversations in any school -- Elizabeth Walters, principal, Beech Grove High School
I have used the lesson plans in this book with my entire teaching staff, and they have been incredibly effective. It is amazing how confident, secure, and empowered teachers feel when they know they are on the right side of the law! -- Matthew Kaiser, principal, Northview Middle School
Principals Avoiding Lawsuits offers educational administrators an eminently useable and practical handbook that should be in bookcases in every principal and superintendent's office in the United States. -- Paul Swanson, Principal, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (Falls Church, VA)
Teachers appreciate quality professional development on complex issues, and Principals Avoiding Lawsuits has been my go-to source for framing discussions on school law. Through the book's relevant cases and examples, my staff has been able to better understand how topics like student freedom of expression or religion and schools apply to their practice. -- Cory Irwin, assistant principal, Central Middle School

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