Legal Issues for Texas Teachers
Author(s): Mark Littleton
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Legal Issues for Texas Teachers provides a general understanding of legal issues that face Texas teachers. This text focuses on areas of school law that are most relevant to the classroom teacher and will reveal that teachers have more legal freedom than is often portrayed by the media.
Legal Issues for Texas Teachers:
- Categorizes law based on four sources including constitutional law, statutory law, administrative law, and case law
- Explains that teachers have considerable authority to operate the classroom in the manner they see fit, as long as the authority is not abused
- Outlines 5 helpful rules which reveals law to often times be ambiguous:
1. Not all law is good law.
2. Just because something is legal, it does not mean that it is “right.”
3. A teacher can be disciplined for doing what is legal.
4. Know the district’s policies and follow them.
5. A person can be sued for anything.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Medication and Medical Attention
Religion and Prayer
Types of Sexual Harassment
Avoiding Sexual Harassment Complaints
Students with Disabilities
Laws Governing Educational Records
Educator Code of Ethics
Code of Ethics for Educators in Texas
Reporting Ethics Violations
Contracts and Employment
Types of Contracts
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