School Law: What Every Educator Should Know, A User-Friendly Guide, 1st edition

Published by Pearson (June 8, 2007) © 2008

  • David Schimmel University of Massachusetts
  • Louis Fischer Emeritus, University of Massachusetts
  • Leslie R. Stellman Pessin Katz Law, P.A

  • Hardcover, paperback or looseleaf edition
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  • Free shipping on looseleafs and traditional textbooks
  • A unique School Law book focused on what teachers need to know and designed so that they can easily find answers to critical questions.
  • This book clarifies legal issues that confront classroom teachers every day and is illustrated with actual cases.
  • Conversational tone makes it easy for readers to understand critical concepts.
  • This book can be used in courses such as Education Foundations, Introduction to Educational Psychology, School Counseling, Field Experience, Student Teaching Practicum, and Classroom Management  where knowledge of core legal concepts is important.
  • This book will be very useful for in-service teachers, administrators, and anyone interested in today's schools.
  • Critical areas such as NCLB, Vouchers, School Choice,  Discipline, Academic Freedom, Liability for Student Injuries, Due Process, Search and Seizure, Dress and Grooming, and Harassment and Child Abuse are highlighted. 

Topic Overviews




About the Authors


 1. Teachers and the Legal System

 2.Teacher Contracts, Tenure and Collective Bargaining

 3. Responsibilities and Liabilities: Student Injuries, Defamation, and Abuse and Neglect

 4. Teacher Freedom of Expression: Academic Freedom, Association, Appearance, and Copyright

 5. Student Freedom of Expression:  Speech, Press, Association, and Appearance

 6. Due Process Rights of Teachers and Students

 7. Religion and Public Education

 8. Discrimination and Equal Protection: Race, Gender, Age, Language, and Special Education

 9. Teachers’ Personal Life

 10. Parents’ Rights in Educating Their Children and Controlling Their School Records

 11. The No Child Left Behind Act and Other Current Controversies


Appendix A:  Selected Provisions of the U.S. Constitution

Appendix B:  Major Federal Laws Affecting Education



Louis Fischer (J.D. and Ph.D., Stanford University) is Professor Emeritus and former dean of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

David Schimmel (J.D., Yale University) is Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

Leslie R. Stellman (J.D., Syracuse University) is chairman of the Education Law Practice-Group of the Towson, Maryland, firm of Hodes, Ulman, Pessin & Katz, P.A., as well as an Adjunct Professor of Education Law at Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University Graduate School of Education, and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

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