School Law For Teachers - Dr. William Allan Kritsonis

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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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