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ADMN 5023 Public School Law - Dr. William Allan Kritsonis

  1. 1. 1 PVAMU ADMN 5023-N01 Public School Law Department of Educational College of Whitlowe R. Green College Leadership & of Education CounselingInstructor Name: Dr. William Allan KritsonisOffice Location: Delco Building, Suite 233Office Phone: (936) 261-3652 (832) 483-7889 CellFax: (936) 261-3617Email Address: or wakritsonis@pvamu.eduSnail Mail (U.S. Postal Service) Address: Prairie View A&M University P.O. Box 519 Mail Stop 2420 Delco Building, Suite 233 Prairie View, TX 77446Office Hours: ( Northwest Center) 12:00 – 5:30 PM, 8:20 – 9:20 PM (T); (PVAMU) 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM (W); (PVAMU) 10:00 – 2:00 PM, 4:50 – 5:50 PM (S); Contact Dr. Kritsonis for Specific Appointment TimesVirtual Office Hours:Course Face to FaceConfiguration:Course Location: Northwest Campus Rm. 206Class Meeting Days & Times: Tuesday 5:30 – 8:20 PMCourse Abbreviation and ADMN 5023Number:Catalog Description: An examination and study of legal principles as they apply to public education (Credit 3 semester hours).Prerequisites: Admission to master’s program in educational administrationCo-requisites: NoneRequired Text: Kemerer, J., Walsh, F., & Maniotis, L. (2010). The educator’s guide to Texas school law (7th ed.). Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. ISBN: 13:9780292722934 or 10:0292722931Required Reading: Collins, J., & Hansen, M.T. ((2011). Great by choice. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN: 978-0-06-212099-1. ( I Read Book) The University Bookstore or Barnes and Noble are good places to get the books.House Bill 2504: House Bill 2504 does allow students the choice not to purchase the class textbook(s). Students have the choice of using alternative methods to access textbook information (internet websites, books on reserved at the library, etc). Students are required and held accountability to complete all assignments as noted in the syllabus.Access to Learning PVAMU Library:Resources: phone: (936) 261-1500; web: University Bookstore: phone: (936) 261-1990; web:
  2. 2. 2Course Goals or Overview: The goals of this course are to: 1. Acquire sufficient legal knowledge to carry out administrative responsibilities within the framework of the legal system. 2. Prepare the candidate for success on the TExES Exam #068. 3. Acquire sufficient legal knowledge that should the administrator be faced with a law suit, he/she can be successfully defended.Course Objectives: The objectives of this course are to: 1. Prepare school administrators as problem solvers, critical thinkers, and decision makers. 2. Prepare school administrators as educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by managing the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment (3.0). 3. Prepare school administrators as educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner (5.0). 4. Prepare school administrators as educational leaders who have the knowledge and ability to promote the success of all students by understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context (6.0).Accrediting Body: (NCATE) Standards Met: (ELCC Standards 3.0, 5.0, & 6.0) (ISLLC Standards 3.0, 5.0, & 6.0) At the end of this course, the student will: 1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the American and Texas legal systems and the impact on schools including US and Texas constitutional provisions, statutory enactments, administrative regulations, and court decisions (3.0). 2. Demonstrate and apply technological innovation in the development of legal issue course components that influence the policy process in schools (3.0). 3. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of the legal framework governing education and the federal, state and local levels including the structure and function of courts, legislative bodies, administrative agencies and local school boards in the process of formulating policy relative to all school operations and programs (3.0). 4. Demonstrate an ability to make decisions based upon ethical and legal principles (5.0). 5. Demonstrate and ability to implement policies and procedures that encourage all campus personnel to comply with the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators (5.0). 6. Demonstrate and apply knowledge about the Texas Education Code and the Texas Administrative Code (5.0). 7. Demonstrate and apply legal, ethical, social, historical and political issues in the process of formulating policy, rules, regulations and procedures (6.0). 8. Demonstrate and apply knowledge about state, federal, and local legal provisions to school legal problems (6.0). 9. Demonstrate and apply knowledge about how the legal and political systems and the institutional framework of schools shape a school and community (6.0). 10. Demonstrate an ability to research a legal problem and apply this knowledge to solving school legal problems (6.0). (ELCC and ISLLC Standards are the same.) TExES Domain & Competencies AreasDOMAIN I: School Community Leadership - Values and EthicsDOMAIN II: Instructional Leadership - Curriculum Planning and Development Professional Development/Human ResourcesDOMAIN III: Administrative Leadership – Safety, Leadership, and Management
  3. 3. 3 E-FOLD-P (CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK) Educator as Facilitator of Learning for Diverse Populations 5.0 To prepare beginning administrators as problem solvers, critical thinkers and decision makers. 6.0 To prepare beginning administrators as facilitators of teacher and student growth and development through understanding of leadership dimensions. 7.0 To provide beginning administrators with an awareness of human diversity, a knowledge of the importance and skills needed for effective community and parental involvement. 8.0 To prepare beginning administrators to be reflect and continual learners with knowledge and value of self appraisal techniques and goal setting for a strong personal commitment. Quality Without Compromise Closing the Loop The Six Question Model at Prairie View A&M University Outcome What lts Is esu es Desired? Ma pen? egi fR Ho ke it Did t trat a o eo Wh wt p u Ha ? S Yo Us Do Continuous Improvement Circle Th ts? (CIC) w ? sed l ll Ho su We e As It be Wi W h re at Re ses ans s ult When Me es Will it R Be Assessed? Cycle Dana/Thomas-Smith/Closing the Loop Six Question Model/landscape TExES Practice Materials and ExamsThe Whitlowe R. Green College of Education has purchased TExES practice materials and exams for studentsseeking State Certification. These materials and exams are located in the Educator Preparation Lab on the thirdfloor (room 332) in Delco. The lab will be open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday and 8:00 am to4:00 pm on Saturday. Students are strongly encouraged to visit the lab to review materials and take the practiceexams to increase their success on the TExES. You have to take this electronic exam to get permission to takethe TExES.
  4. 4. 4 Certification Students ONLYAll students pursuing Principal and School Counselor certification are required to make contact with the Office ofTeacher Certification and have on file with that office a deficiency plan. Please submit to the course instructor acopy of your deficiency plan before the end of the semester. If you do not have one please contact the officebelow. Whitlowe R. Green College of Education Office of Teacher Education Delco Bldg., Room 302 P. O. Box 519; Mail Stop 2425 Prairie View, Texas 77446-0519 Tel: (936) 261-3605All students pursuing Principal and School Counselor certification are required to devote 5 hours perweek studying for the certification exam utilizing the study material on the website CertifyTeacher.Students must provide on a weekly basis an electronic copy to their course instructor verifying the studytime. WWW.CERTIFYTEACHER.COM WEEKLY CALENDARWeek 1: Jan. 17, 2012 Topic: Introduction to class, discussion of syllabus, sign up for groups and topics, and pretest Assignment: Read Chapter 1, Work on Group Paper, I Read, and PortfolioWeek 2: Jan. 24, 2012 Topic: Overview of Education Law, Texas Schools, and Parent Rights Assignment: Read Chapter 2, Work on Group Paper, I Read, and PortfolioWeek 3: Jan. 31, 2012 Topic: Student Attendance & Instructional Program Assignment: Read Chapter 3, Work on Group Paper, I Read, and PortfolioWeek 4: Feb. 7, 2012 Topic: Special Education Assignment: Read Chapter 4, Work on Group Paper, I Read, and PortfolioWeek 5: Feb. 14, 2012 Topic: Employment Relationship Assignment: Read Chapter 5, Work on Group Paper, I Read, and PortfolioWeek 6: Feb. 21, 2012 Topic: Personnel Issues Assignment: Read Chapter 6, Work on Group Paper, I Read, and PortfolioWeek 7: Feb. 28, 2012 Topic: Expression and Association Rights Assignment: Read Chapter 7, Work on Group Paper, I Read, and PortfolioWeek 8: Mar. 6, 2012 Topic: Religion in Schools Assignment: Read Chapter 8, Work on Group Paper, I Read, and PortfolioWeek 9: Mar. 13, 2012 Topic: SPRING BREAK Assignment:Week 10: Mar. 20, 2012 Topic: Student Discipline, I Read Assignment Due Assignment: Read Chapter 9, Work on Group Paper, 13 Virtues, and PortfolioWeek 11: Mar. 27, 2012 Topic: Privacy Issues: Community, Education, and Students Assignment: Read Chapter 10, Work on Group Paper, 13 Virtues, and Portfolio
  5. 5. 5Week 12: Apr. 3, 2012 Topic: Out of Class Assignment Assignment: Work on 13 Virtues and PortfolioWeek 13: Apr. 10, 2012 Topic: Legal Liability Assignment: Work on 13 Virtues and PortfolioWeek 14: Apr. 17, 2012 Topic: Complete Post-Test, Discuss 13 Virtues Assignment: Work on 13 Virtues and PortfolioWeek 15: Apr. 24, 2012 Topic: Review for Final Exam, Portfolio and Franklin’s 13 Virtues Due Assignment: Study for Final ExamWeek 16: May 1, 2012 FINAL EXAM (Tentative) STUDENTS TAKING THE PRINCIPAL CERTIFICATION TEST MUST ATTENDMANDATORY PRINCIPAL REVIEW SESSIONS WITH ELAINE WILMORE ON FEBRUARY 4TH AND APRIL 21ST, 2012 AT 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED)Course Evaluation MethodsThis course will utilize the following instruments to determine student grades: Exams -- written tests designed to measure knowledge of presented course material Group Paper including Presentation – assignment designed to supplement and reinforce course material and readings (20 point reduction for late project) Franklin’s 13 Virtues -- assignment designed to supplement readings (20 point reduction for late project) I Read Paper -- assignment designed to supplement readings (20 point reduction for late project) Portfolio -- assignment designed to supplement and reinforce course material and readings (20 point reduction for late portfolio) CertifyTeacher Study Time -- assignment designed to supplement and reinforce course material and readings Class Participation -- daily attendance and participation in class discussionsGrading Matrix Instrument Value (points or percentages) Total Final Exam Final Exam at 75 points 75 Group Paper (5 Court Decisions) Paper at 50 points 50 Franklin’s 13 Virtues Journal at 130 points 130 I Read Paper Paper at 50 points 50 Portfolio (Notebook) Portfolio at 75 points 75 Study Time 15 X 5 HRS = 75 points 75 Class Participation 15 X 3=45 points 45 Total: 500 Grade Determination: A = 451 -- 500 pts; B = 401 -- 450 pts; C = 351 -- 400 pts; D = 301 -- 350 pts; F = 300 pts or below
  6. 6. 6Group PaperThe Group Paper is designed to give you a summary of the court cases in Texas which deals with keyeducational issues relative to each chapter in the textbook. Groups of two or three students (depending onclass size) will prepare a paper from designated chapters in the textbook. Your paper and presentation mustinclude a summary of five (5) court decisions (DICTAS) and applicable laws relative to the selected chapter/topic. Each group will be responsible for providing classmates with copies of the five (5) court decisions(DICTAS). Examples will be provided in class. There will be a 20 point reduction for late group papers. TheGroup Paper presentation will be given in class on the date assigned to the particular chapter/topic.You will need to submit a hard copy and a CD to Dr. Kritsonis.Franklin’s 13 Virtues1. Temperance – Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.2. Silence – Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.3. Order – Let all your things have their place; let each part of your business have its time.4. Resolution – Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without failing what you resolve.5. Frugality – Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.6. Industry – Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.7. Sincerity – Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.8. Justice – Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.9. Moderation – Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.10. Cleanliness – Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.11. Tranquility – Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.12. Chastity – Rarely use “very” but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of you own or another’s peace or reputation.13. Humility – Imitate Jesus and Socrates.You will keep a journal of your progress relative to implementing each virtue over the entire semester. By theend of the semester, you will be implementing all 13 virtues. You will discuss your progress weekly in class.There will be a 20 point reduction for a late journal. Due: April 24, 2012.I Read PaperYou will write a five (5) page paper summarizing the I Read Book assigned this semester. You will include thhow the ideas in the book have impacted your life. Please format the paper according to APA (6 ed.)guidelines. There will be a 20 point reduction for a late paper. Due: March 20, 2012.Study Time:The Whitlowe R. College of Education has purchased TExES practice materials and exams for studentsseeking State Certification. These materials and exams are located in the Educator Preparation Lab on thethird floor (room 332) in Delco. You are required to devote 5 hours per week studying for the certificationexam utilizing the study material on the website CertifyTeacher. You must provide, on a weekly basis, anelectronic copy as documentation of your study time to Dr. Kritsonis. At the end of your session, you willeither save your session in pdf format on your flash drive or print out a copy of your session that you will scanto your computer, save, and then email to Dr. Kritsonis. Email it titled with your name and date of session.You will lose your points for the week for this assignment if not submitted by the 5:00 PM deadline.( Due: Sunday by 5:00 PMPortfolioThe Portfolio is a compilation of all pertinent information given in class by the professor and court decisionhandouts provided by the students. There will be a 20 point reduction for a late portfolio.The Portfolio will be due on April 24, 2012.TRUE OUTCOMESTrue Outcomes was a tool used by the University for Assessment Purposes. Currently, PVAMU is transitioningfrom it to another assessment tool for students. The new assessment tool. Artifacts that will be uploaded willbe announced during the course of the semester.
  7. 7. 7eCourses (Moodle)PVAMU is moving to a new course management system (CMS) for online and web-assisted courses. Startingin the 2011 Fall semester, eCourses will use the Moodle System.Course ProceduresSubmission of Assignments:Assignments will be distributed and submitted in class. Hard copies and CDs of all assignments will be submittedto Dr. Kritsonis.Formatting Documents:Microsoft Word is the standard word processing tool used at PVAMU. If you’re using other word processors, besure to use the “save as” tool and save the document in either the Microsoft Word, Rich-Text, or plain text format.Exam PolicyExams should be taken as scheduled. No makeup examinations will be allowed except under documentedemergencies (See Student Handbook).Professional Organizations and JournalsAmerican Association for School AdministratorsEducation Law AssociationNational Association of Elementary School PrincipalsNational Association of Secondary School PrincipalsPhi Delta KappaTexas Elementary Principals and Supervisors AssociationTexas Association of Secondary School PrincipalsAmerican Journal of EducationAmerican School Board JournalEducation Administration AbstractsEducation Administration QuarterlyEducation WeekEducational LeadershipNASSP BulletinNational FORUM Journals ( Delta KappanTASSP News HighlightsTEPSA JournalTexas StudyTheory Into PracticeToday’s EducationWest Education ReporterReferencesAmerican Association for School Administrators ( thAmerican Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the APA (6 ed.). Washington DC: AuthorEducational Leadership Constituents Council (ELCC) Standards ( School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards ( of Law and EducationLexis Nexis DatabaseNational Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) ( Law Database
  8. 8. 8University Rules and ProceduresDisability statement (See Student Handbook):Students with disabilities, including learning disabilities, who wish to request accommodations in class shouldregister with the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) early in the semester so that appropriatearrangements may be made. In accordance with federal laws, a student requesting special accommodations mustprovide documentation of their disability to the SSD coordinator.Academic misconduct (See Student Handbook):You are expected to practice academic honesty in every aspect of this course and all other courses. Make sure youare familiar with your Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct. Students who engage inacademic misconduct are subject to university disciplinary procedures.Forms of academic dishonesty: 1. Cheating: deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations. 2. Academic misconduct: tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test. 3. Fabrication: use of invented information or falsified research. 4. Plagiarism: unacknowledged quotation and/or paraphrase of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own work submitted for credit. Failure to identify information or essays from the Internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism.Nonacademic misconduct (See Student Handbook)The university respects the rights of instructors to teach and students to learn. Maintenance of these rightsrequires campus conditions that do not impede their exercise. Campus behavior that interferes with either (1) theinstructor’s ability to conduct the class, (2) the inability of other students to profit from the instructional program, or(3) campus behavior that interferes with the rights of others will not be tolerated. An individual engaging in suchdisruptive behavior may be subject to disciplinary action. Such incidents will be adjudicated by the Dean ofStudents under nonacademic procedures.Sexual misconduct (See Student Handbook):Sexual harassment of students and employers at Prairie View A&M University is unacceptable and will not betolerated. Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.Attendance Policy:Prairie View A&M University requires regular class attendance. Excessive absences will result in lowered grades.Excessive absenteeism, whether excused or unexcused, may result in a student’s course grade being reduced orin assignment of a grade of “F”. Absences are accumulated beginning with the first day of class.Student Academic Appeals ProcessAuthority and responsibility for assigning grades to students rests with the faculty. However, in those instanceswhere students believe that miscommunication, errors, or unfairness of any kind may have adversely affected theinstructors assessment of their academic performance, the student has a right to appeal by the procedure listed inthe Undergraduate Catalog and by doing so within thirty days of receiving the grade or experiencing any otherproblematic academic event that prompted the complaint.Two “C” RulePlease Note: Continual matriculation at PVAMU requires that no more than two C’s shall be earned in a graduatedegree program. Any grade earned below a C means automatic dismissal from the graduate program.NOTE: No grade of “C” or below will be accepted toward certification.
  9. 9. 9TEA ID Number Requirements and Process:Prairie View A&M University, County-District # 237501, will receive an Oversight visit by the Texas EducationAgency (TEA), Division of Educator Standards during the academic year 2011-2012. This visit is to comply with theTexas Administrative Code (TAC) 229.6(a)-the continuing approval of an educator preparation program.State Ethics Law:Texas Educators’ Code of Ethics-TAC 247.2Technical Considerations for Online and Web-Assist CoursesMinimum Hardware and Software Requirements: -Pentium with Windows XP or PowerMac with OS 9 -56K modem or network access -Internet provider with SLIP or PPP -8X or greater CD-ROM -64MB RAM -Hard drive with 40MB available space -15” monitor, 800x600, color or 16 bit -Sound card w/speakers -Microphone and recording software -Keyboard & mouse -Netscape Communicator ver. 4.61 or Microsoft Internet Explorer ver. 5.0 /plug-ins -Participants should have a basic proficiency of the following computer skills: ·Sending and receiving email ·A working knowledge of the Internet ·Proficiency in Microsoft Word ·Proficiency in the Acrobat PDF Reader ·Basic knowledge of Windows or Mac O.S.Netiquette (online etiquette): Students are expected to participate in all discussions and virtual classroom chatswhen directed to do so. Students are to be respectful and courteous to others in the discussions. Foul or abusivelanguage will not be tolerated. When referring to information from books, websites or articles, please use APAstandards to reference sources.Technical Support: Students should call the Prairie View A&M University Helpdesk at 936-261-2525 for technicalissues with accessing your online course. The helpdesk is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. For othertechnical questions regarding your online course, call the Office of Distance Learning at 936-261-3290 or 936-261-3282.Communication Expectations and Standards:All emails or discussion postings will receive a response from the instructor within 48 hours.You can send email anytime that is convenient to you, but I check my email messages continuously during the daythroughout the work-week (Monday through Friday). I will respond to email messages during the work-week by theclose of business (5:00 pm) on the day following my receipt of them. Emails that I receive on Friday will beresponded to by the close of business on the following Monday.
  10. 10. 10 NOTICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITYPrairie View A&M University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person(s) has been designated to handleinquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Name: Renee R. Williams Title: Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator Institution: Prairie View A&M University Office of Student Affairs & Institutional Relations Address: P.O. Box 519: MS 1107 A.I. Thomas Building, St 013 Prairie View, Texas 77446 Telephone: 936-261-2123 Fax: 936-261-2138 Email: rrwilliams@pvamu.eduIndividuals requesting a disability accommodation should contact: Name: Dr. Kay Norman Title: Administrator for Diagnostic Testing and Disability Services Institution: Prairie View A&M University Email:
  11. 11. 11 New University Policies and Regulations *Effective fall 2011New Policy: Withdrawal from the University (Undergraduates Only):When an Undergraduate student withdraws from all classes…• A registration hold will be placed on the student’s record.• Consultation with the respective department for advisement is REQURIED to have hold lifted to allow future registration at the University.New Policy: +/-Transfer Grades Regulation (Undergraduate and Graduate):• The + and/or – WILL NOT be considered in the evaluation. The grade transferred will report as grade earned, for example C- will transfer as a C.• This regulation IS NOT retroactive.• This regulation applies only to courses that are being reviewed for transfer credit effective fall 2011.Grade Replacement Regulation (Undergraduate Students Only):• Students will have the option to replace up to 12 semester credit hours of courses where a C, D or F is earned in a course, effective with courses taken fall 2011.• Students would have to request to replace the course by the Census Date (12th class date) of the following semester.• Grades repeated but not replaced will be averaged in the cumulative grade point average.Administrative Drop (All Students):• Students who do not attend “at least one day” of class by February 14, 2012, will be administratively dropped from that course. PLEASE NOTE THIS MAY AFFECT THE FINANCIAL AID AWARD.• If a student is subsequently dropped from ALL of their courses; they will automatically be WITHDRAWN from the university.• Students will be notified of their Administrative Drop via email.QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE FORACADEMIC AFFAIRS AT (936) 261-2175 OR THE REGISTRAR’S OFFICE AT(936) 261-1049.