“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.

Curricular and Instructional Issues

Curricular and instructional issues

Key Concepts in this Chapter

  • State Authority to Direct the Curriculum
  • Academic Freedom
  • Mandatory and Prohibited Subjects
  • Instructional Methods
  • Grading Policies and Graduation Requirements
  • Student Evaluation
  • Student Records
  • Copyright Law
  • Technology in the Classroom Remedial Programs


The days when schools were responsible for teaching only the “three Rs” are long gone. Teachers in 21st century schools are required to teach ever-expanding curricula designed to prepare students for a world that will likely be very different on the day they graduate. Along with offering standard subjects such as English, mathematics, social studies, science, and technology, many schools provide programs designed to keep students safe as a regular part of their instructional framework. Consequently, it is now common for schools to offer drug and alcohol awareness, child assault prevention, ...

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