Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963992 | Print ISBN: 9781412906784 | Online ISBN: 9781412963992| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
On average, a teacher violates the law on a daily or weekly basis. Why? Because approximately 75 percent of everything that a teacher does in a typical school day is affected by school law. These violations are generally not intentional, but result from a misunderstanding or lack of knowledge that a law exists. This makes sense after one understands the vast expanse of school law: all of the statutory law, case law, and statutory regulations that affect school districts, certified and noncertified employees, students, and taxpayers as they relate to the operation of a school district. The goal of this entry is twofold: (1) to provide a basic overview of school law, and (2) to heighten awareness of the role the law plays in the school as well as its impact on K-12 educators. Consequently, this entry will serve to heighten awareness that schools function in the midst of a ...