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School Law For Teachers - Dr. W.A. Kritsonis


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Dr. William Allan Kritsonis, School Law, Employment Relationships, Termination, School District Restrictions, Law for Teachers, Due Process, Discrimination of Employment.

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.

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School Law For Teachers - Dr. W.A. 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: Teacher Grievances—TSTA: </li></ul>
  9. 9. Student and personnel records <ul><li>FERPA for known as Buckley Amendment Family Rights to Privacy Act http:// =0 </li></ul><ul><li>K-12 Classroom Law : </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Rights: http:// </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> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IDEA Law: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </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:// </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Special Education Continued <ul><li>Federal Resource Center for Special Education http:// </li></ul><ul><li>National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities </li></ul><ul><li> </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>
  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>
  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> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Harassment-Free Hallways Site Index </li></ul><ul><li> </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>
  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 </li></ul><ul><li>Selected Historic Copyright Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Marshall Computer and Internet Law </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>