“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.
Key Concepts in this Chapter
- History of Teacher Collective Bargaining
- Composition of Bargaining Units
- Topics of Collective Bargaining
- Dispute Resolution in Collective Bargaining
- The Bargaining Process
The previous chapter on teacher employment reviewed the actual terms and conditions impacting the employment rights of teachers. This chapter takes the process one step further, focusing on the rights of teachers to engage in collective bargaining that shapes the terms and conditions of their employment. Insofar as the practice of collective bargaining is governed by laws of individual states where it is permitted, it is beyond the scope of this chapter to provide a comprehensive analysis of the laws of all jurisdictions. Thus, this chapter provides an overview of key legal issues that are common to most states with examples taken ...