The Educator’s Guide to Texas School Law: Eighth Edition


The Educator's Guide to Texas School Law: Eighth Edition Author Jim Walsh
ISBN-10 0292760841
ISBN-13 9780292760844
Year 2014-09-15
Pages 504
Language English
Publisher University of Texas Press
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Much has changed in the area of school law since the first edition of The Educator s Guide was published in 1986 Successive editions grew incrementally longer to keep abreast of legal developments In this new eighth edition the authors have streamlined the discussion by pruning older material and weaving in new developments The result is an authoritative source on all major dimensions of Texas school law that is both well integrated and easy to read Intended for Texas school personnel school board members interested attorneys and taxpayers the eighth edition explains what the law is and what the implications are for effective school operations It is designed to help professional educators avoid expensive and time consuming lawsuits by taking effective preventive action It is an especially valuable resource for school law courses and staff development sessions The eighth edition begins with a review of the legal structure of the Texas school system As Chapter 1 notes education law is a complex interweaving of state and federal constitutional statutory administrative and judicial law It is important to understand the nature of the system before reading other sections Successive chapters address attendance and the instructional program the education of children with special needs employment and personnel expression and associational rights the role of religion in public schools student discipline open meetings and records privacy search and seizure and legal liability under both federal and Texas law In addition to state law the book addresses the role of the federal government in school operation through such major federal legislation as the Americans with Disabilities Act the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Statute and case references are kept as simple as possible and a complete index of case citations is included for those readers who wish to consult the cases themselves The appendices describe how case law is reported and where to find it along with a glossary of legal terms and a listing of other sources on Texas school law

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