School Law for Teachers William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
78 th  Legislature Update <ul><li>Teacher Appraisal </li></ul><ul><li>Textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Misconduct with C...
Sovereign immunity and liability <ul><li>Teachers are immune from tort liability except in cases of negligence. </li></ul>...
Professional code of ethics  <ul><li>State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) </li></ul><ul><li>The educator shall not...
Code of Ethics continued <ul><li>use institutional or professional privileges for personal or partisan advantage  </li></u...
Code of Ethics continued <ul><li>not harm others by knowingly making false statements about a colleague or the school </li...
Code of ethics continued <ul><li>use coercive means or promise of special treatment in order to influence professional dec...
Student and family basic rights  <ul><li>Center for Study and Prevention of Violence   </li></ul><ul><li>National School S...
Student and personnel records  <ul><li>FERPA for known as Buckley Amendment Family Rights to Privacy Act http://www.ed.gov...
Special Education Basics <ul><li>FOLLOW PROCEDURES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement the IEP to the letter </li></ul></ul><u...
Special education basics  <ul><li>IDEA Practices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ideapractices.org/resources/index.php <...
Special Education Continued <ul><li>Federal Resource Center for Special Education   http:// www.dssc.org/frc/index.htm </l...
Student discipline  <ul><li>Consistency, Consistency Consistency, Consistency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair and Impartial </l...
Complaints and grievances  <ul><li>School Policies </li></ul><ul><li>DGBA: Employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the step...
Sexual harassment  <ul><li>Hostile Environment  (severe/prevasive) </li></ul><ul><li>Quid-Pro-Quo  (exchange of favors) </...
Child abuse reporting  <ul><li>Your responsibility is to  report  suspected child abuse or child neglect </li></ul><ul><li...
Teacher contract basics  <ul><li>Probationary Contract </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirement changed this year </li></ul></ul>...
Technology and copyright issues  <ul><li>Copyright Basics:  Circular published by U.S. Copyright Office   </li></ul><ul><l...
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William H. Parker Leadership Academy Hall of Honor

In 2008, Dr. Kritsonis was inducted into the William H. Parker Leadership Academy Hall of Honor, Graduate School, Prairie View A&M University – The Texas A&M University System. He was nominated by doctoral and master’s degree students.

Dr. Kritsonis Lectures at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England

In 2005, Dr. Kritsonis was an Invited Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Round Table at Oriel College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. His lecture was entitled the Ways of Knowing Through the Realms of Meaning.

Dr. Kritsonis Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus

In 2004, Dr. William Allan Kritsonis was recognized as the Central Washington University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Education and Professional Studies. Dr. Kritsonis was nominated by alumni, former students, friends, faculty, and staff. Final selection was made by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Recipients are CWU graduates of 20 years or more and are recognized for achievement in their professional field and have made a positive contribution to society. For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report placed Central Washington University among the top elite public institutions in the west. CWU was 12th on the list in the 2006 On-Line Education of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Educational Background

Dr. William Allan Kritsonis earned his BA in 1969 from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington. In 1971, he earned his M.Ed. from Seattle Pacific University. In 1976, he earned his PhD from the University of Iowa. In 1981, he was a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and in 1987 was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.

Doctor of Humane Letters

In June 2008, Dr. Kritsonis received the Doctor of Humane Letters, School of Graduate Studies from Southern Christian University. The ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Professional Experience

Dr. Kritsonis began his career as a teacher. He has served education as a principal, superintendent of schools, director of student teaching and field experiences, invited guest professor, author, consultant, editor-in-chief, and publisher. Dr. Kritsonis has earned tenure as a professor at the highest academic rank at two major universities.
Books – Articles – Lectures - Workshops

Dr. Kritsonis lectures and conducts seminars and workshops on a variety of topics. He is author of more than 600 articles in professional journals and several books. His popular book SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: The Art of Survival is scheduled for its fourth edition. He is the author of the textbook William Kritsonis, PhD on Schooling that is used by many professors at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad.
In 2008, Dr. Kritsonis coauthored the textbook A Statistical Journey: Taming of the Skew. The book has been adopted by professors in many colleges and universities throughout the nation. It was published by the Alexis/Austin Group, Murrieta, California.
In 2007, Dr. Kritsonis’ version of the book of Ways of Knowing Through the Realms of Meaning (858 pages) was published in the United States of America in cooperation with partial financial support of Visiting Lecturers, Oxford Round Table (2005). The book is the product of a collaborative twenty-four year effort started in 1978 with the late Dr. Philip H. Phenix. Dr. Kritsonis was in continuous communication with Dr. Phenix until his death in 2002.
In 2007, Dr. Kritsonis was the lead author of the textbook Practical Applications of Educational Research and Basic Statistics. The text provides practical content knowledge in research for graduate students at the doctoral and master’s levels.
In 2009, Dr. Kritsonis’ b

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Good School Law For Teachers - Dr. William Allan Kritsonis

  1. 1. School Law for Teachers William Allan Kritsonis, PhD
  2. 2. 78 th Legislature Update <ul><li>Teacher Appraisal </li></ul><ul><li>Textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual Misconduct with Certain Students </li></ul><ul><li>Probationary Contract Status </li></ul><ul><li>Health Insurance </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sovereign immunity and liability <ul><li>Teachers are immune from tort liability except in cases of negligence. </li></ul><ul><li>HOW OR FOR WHAT REASONS CAN WE BE HELD LIABLE FOR NEGILGENCE? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Professional code of ethics <ul><li>State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) </li></ul><ul><li>The educator shall not knowingly </li></ul><ul><ul><li>deceptive practices regarding official policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>misappropriate, divert, or use monies, personnel, property, or equipment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>submit fraudulent requests for reimbursement, expenses, or pay. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Code of Ethics continued <ul><li>use institutional or professional privileges for personal or partisan advantage </li></ul><ul><li>accept nor offer gratuities, gifts, or favors that impair professional judgment </li></ul><ul><li>not falsify records, or direct or coerce others to do so. </li></ul><ul><li>not interfere with a colleague's exercise of political, professional, or citizenship rights </li></ul>
  6. 6. Code of Ethics continued <ul><li>not harm others by knowingly making false statements about a colleague or the school </li></ul><ul><li>not reveal confidential health or personnel information concerning colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>not reveal confidential information concerning students </li></ul><ul><li>furnish alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs to any student or knowingly allow any student to consume alcohol or illegal/unauthorized drugs in the presence of the educator. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Code of ethics continued <ul><li>use coercive means or promise of special treatment in order to influence professional decisions or colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>deliberately or knowingly misrepresent facts regarding a student </li></ul><ul><li>exclude a student from participation in a program or grant an advantage to a student on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, national origin, religion, or family status. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Student and family basic rights <ul><li>Center for Study and Prevention of Violence </li></ul><ul><li>National School Safety Center </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Student Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Rights: http://www.tft.org/legal/speced.cfm Teacher Grievances—TSTA: http://www.tsta.org/legal/grievance-teachers.shtml </li></ul>
  9. 9. Student and personnel records <ul><li>FERPA for known as Buckley Amendment Family Rights to Privacy Act http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html?exp=0 http:// www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/parents.html?exp =0 </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 Classroom Law : http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/Home_Teachers3.html </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Rights: http:// www.tea.state.tx.us/parent_inv/prights.html </li></ul>
  10. 10. Special Education Basics <ul><li>FOLLOW PROCEDURES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implement the IEP to the letter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have an IEP, not a GEP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modify appropriately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proper placement in the LRE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dot every “i” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross every “t” </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Special education basics <ul><li>IDEA Practices: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ideapractices.org/resources/index.php </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IDEA Law: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.ideapractices.org/law/briefs/teachers.php </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Parents Rights Information on procedural safeguards and the rights of parents of students with disabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Due Process Hearings Information and link to the Special Education Due Process Hearing Decisions and information about the Special Education Hearing Officers. </li></ul><ul><li>  Texas Education Code (the state Law)   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.tea.state.tx.us/tea/law.html </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Special Education Continued <ul><li>Federal Resource Center for Special Education http:// www.dssc.org/frc/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities http://www.nichcy.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ideapractices.org/law/briefs/brief05.php </li></ul>
  13. 13. Student discipline <ul><li>Consistency, Consistency Consistency, Consistency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fair and Impartial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know and follow the policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give due process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inform student of policy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Procedural </li></ul></ul></ul>http://www.mtu.edu/studenthandbook/images/Student-Handbook-2002-Final.jpg
  14. 14. Complaints and grievances <ul><li>School Policies </li></ul><ul><li>DGBA: Employees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow the steps and procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet the time-line: Be Precise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FNG: Parents and Students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow steps and procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet the time-line: Be Precise </li></ul></ul>http://www.inserviceinc.com/graphics/grievance.jpg
  15. 15. Sexual harassment <ul><li>Hostile Environment (severe/prevasive) </li></ul><ul><li>Quid-Pro-Quo (exchange of favors) </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements for Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investigate </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.wcwonline.org/harassment/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://wgby.org/edu/flirt/agdisq.html </li></ul><ul><li>Harassment-Free Hallways Site Index </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.aauw.org/ef/harass/index.cfm </li></ul>
  16. 16. Child abuse reporting <ul><li>Your responsibility is to report suspected child abuse or child neglect </li></ul><ul><li>“ having cause to believe physical or mental welfare has been or may be adversely affected ” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Teacher contract basics <ul><li>Probationary Contract </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Requirement changed this year </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Continuing Contract </li></ul><ul><li>Term Contract </li></ul>http://www.gospelcom.net/rbc/ds_images/q0804/contract.gif http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/genes/images/contract.jpg
  18. 18. Technology and copyright issues <ul><li>Copyright Basics: Circular published by U.S. Copyright Office </li></ul><ul><li>tu Copyright Basics Crash Course http://www.utsystem.edu/OGC/intellectualproperty/cprtindx.htm#top </li></ul><ul><li>Selected Historic Copyright Decisions http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/cases/copyrt.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Marshall Computer and Internet Law </li></ul><ul><li>http://education.tamuk.edu/EDED5322/links.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://education.tamuk.edu/EDED5322/cases/internet/default.htm </li></ul>
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