The Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Teachers: Issues of Employment and Instruction

The Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Teachers: Issues of Employment and Instruction

By: Allan G. Osborne (author), Charles J. Russo (author)Paperback

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Most teacher education programs offer little, if any, instruction on Education Law. Consequently, teachers (in general) are not well-versed in the intricacies of the law as it applies to their own employment and their responsibilities as instructors. In light of this dearth of information about law by most teachers, this book is designed as an easy-to-read, practical manual that addresses the key legal issues that teachers confront on a daily basis. While many books on the market are aimed at school administrators, few are designed primarily for teachers. Those that are, tend to be overly broad in scope. This book, then, intends to help fill that gap by providing a concise, practical guide that specifically targets the areas of the law that are of most concern to teachers. In the employment context, the book intends to present information about teacher certification, employment, tenure, evaluation, and dismissal along with issues related to collective bargaining and teacher contracts. The book will also review the constitutional rights of teachers, including freedom of speech and religion. In addition, the book plans to provide information on how teachers can avoid liability when dealing with discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, or disability, regardless of whether it is at the hands of supervisors, peers, or students. In the instructional domain the book is designed to explore the rights and responsibilities teachers have in the instructional process. This will include topics such as what can and cannot be taught, academic freedom, methodology, grading policies, student records, and copyright law. Information will be provided about tort liability and the teacher's responsibilities regarding the safety and well-being of his or her students as well as his or her own protections from defamation and rights of self-defense.

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About Author

Allan G. Osborne, Jr. is the retired principal of the Snug Harbor Community School in Quincy, Massachusetts, a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. During his 34 years in public education, he served as a special education teacher, a director of special education, an assistant principal, and a principal. He has also served as an adjunct professor of special education and education law at several colleges, including Bridgewater State University and American International University. Osborne earned an EdD in educational leadership from Boston College and an MEd in special education from Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University) in Massachusetts. He received a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts. Osborne has authored or coauthored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, monographs, and textbooks on legal issues in education, along with textbooks on other aspects of education. Although he writes and presents in several areas of educational law, he specializes in legal and policy issues in special education. He is the coauthor, with Charles J. Russo, of five texts published by Corwin, a SAGE company. A past president of the Education Law Association (ELA), Osborne has been an attendee and presenter at most ELA conferences since 1991. He has also written a chapter now titled "Students With Disabilities" for the Yearbook of Education Law, published by ELA, since 1990. He is on the editorial advisory committee of West's Education Law Reporter and is coeditor of the "Education Law Into Practice" section of that journal, which is sponsored by ELA. He is also on the editorial boards of several other education journals. In recognition of his contributions to the field of education law, Osborne was presented with the McGhehey Award by ELA in 2008, the highest award given by the organization. He is also the recipient of the City of Quincy Human Rights Award, the Financial Executives Institute of Massachusetts Principals Award, the Junior Achievement of Massachusetts Principals Award, and several community service awards. Charles J. Russo, JD, EdD, is the Joseph Panzer Chair in Education in the School of Education and Allied Professions and adjunct professor in the School of Law at the University of Dayton. He was the 1998-1999 president of the Education Law Association and 2002 recipient of its McGhehey (Achievement) Award. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals; has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited 40 books; and has in excess of 800 publications. Russo also speaks extensively on issues in education law in the United States and abroad. Along with having spoken in 33 states and 25 nations on 6 continents, Russo has taught summer courses in England, Spain, and Thailand; he also has served as a visiting professor at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and the University of Newcastle, Australia; the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; South East European University, Macedonia; the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa; the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He regularly serves as a visiting professor at the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Dayton as professor and chair of the Department of Educational Administration in July 1996, Russo taught at the University of Kentucky in Lexington from August 1992 to July 1996 and at Fordham University in his native New York City from September 1989 to July 1992. He taught high school for 81/2 years before and after graduation from law school. He received a BA (classical civilization) in 1972, a JD in 1983, and an EdD (educational administration and supervision) in 1989 from St. John's University in New York City. He also received a master of divinity degree from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York, in 1978, as well as a PhD Honoris Causa from the Potchefstroom Campus of North-West University, South Africa, in May 2004 for his contributions to the field of education law.


Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. Introduction: The Historical and Legal Foundations of Public Education Introduction A Brief History of Public Education in America Legal Fundamentals of Education Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions What's Next Endnotes 2. School Governance and the Teacher Introduction The Role of the Federal Government State Education Agencies Local School Boards School Finance and Use of Property Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions What's Next Endnotes 3. Basic Constitutional Rights and Freedoms Introduction First Amendment Rights Privacy Due Process Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions What's Next Endnotes 4. Employment Terms and Conditions Introduction Teacher Certification or Licensure Privacy Rights of Teachers Salaries and Terms of Employment Leaves of Absence Teacher Evaluations Resignations Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions What's Next Endnotes 5. Collective Bargaining Introduction Historical Background Bargaining Units and Their Composition Union Rights Dispute Resolution Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions What's Next Endnotes 6. Prohibitions Against Employment Discrimination Introduction Race, Color, Ethnicity, or National Origin Gender Religion Disability Age Genetic Information Retaliation Affirmative Action Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions What's Next Endnotes 7. Teacher Discipline, Dismissal, and Due Process Introduction Tenure Rights Progressive Discipline and Dismissal of Teachers Reduction in Force Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions What's Next Endnotes 8. Curricular and Instructional Issues Introduction Control of the Curriculum and Academic Freedom Student Records Copyright Law Using Technology in the Classroom Special Education and Programs for English Language Learners Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions What's Next Endnotes 9. Tort Liability Introduction Definitions and Types of Torts Educational Malpractice Civil Rights Violations Summary and Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions Endnotes Resource A: Court Systems and the Authority of Courts Functions and Duties of the Courts Organization of the Federal Court System State Courts Court Jurisdictions Resource B: Legal Resources and References Laws and Regulations Court Decisions Understanding Legal Citations Resource C: Basic Legal Research: Maintaining Currency in an Evolving Legal Environment Keeping Abreast of Legal Developments Useful Education Law Websites Glossary of Terms, Acronyms, and Abbreviations Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/05/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781412975469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9781412975469
  • weight: 708
  • ISBN10: 1412975468

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