“Now teachers have an absolute desk reference that could be called ‘How to Stay in the Classroom and Out of the Courtroom!”

—John Casper, District Achievement Gap Coordinator Kentucky Department of Education

“Reading this book is the next best thing to taking a class on education law. It could well serve as the resource for such a class!”

—Deanna Brunlinger, Science Teacher Elkhorn Area High School, WI

Everything teachers need to know about education law

Do you know what you can and can't do and say in your school? Most teacher education programs offer little, if any, instruction on education law. When teachers need advice regarding employment or instructional issues, they may find the search frustrating, time-consuming, or costly. Teachers will find the answers to their most frequently asked legal questions in this easy-to-read book. Key topics include:

Certification, tenure, evaluation, and dismissal; Collective bargaining and teacher contracts; Constitutional rights of teachers; Discrimination and harassment; Academic freedom; Grading policy and integrity of student records; Copyright law; Safety.

Also covered are tort liability, teachers' responsibilities regarding the safety and well-being of their students, and teachers' protection from defamation. Educators will find practical suggestions, vignettes, and summaries of judicial opinions with real-world applications. Don't wait for a problem to arise. Read this book and be prepared.

Employment Terms and Conditions

Employment terms and conditions

Key Concepts in this Chapter

  • Standards for Teacher Certification
  • Privacy Rights
  • Salaries
  • Teacher Assignments
  • Leaves of Absence
  • Teacher Evaluations
  • Resignations


As the previous chapter demonstrated, teachers do not forfeit their constitutional rights when they are employed by public school systems. Even so, the fact that teachers are expected to be role models for their students places some restrictions on the exercise of their rights. Further, teachers have responsibilities and rights that are created by state law, such as a duty to obtain proper certification and a right not to have their certificates revoked except for cause as defined in the law. State laws also spell out many other conditions of employment for teachers. At the same time federal laws impact the employment rights and responsibilities of ...

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