Staying Current on School Law

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Staying Current on School Law
Kimberly Edwards

Introduction
Being a principal is a very important position. I believe that when the principal has high expectations and morals that the whole school benefits. When the principal is an example of someone with high standards the teachers, staff, and students will benefit from that example. My goal as a future administrator is to be firm but fair. In order for me to ensure that I am fair in my decisions, I need to be current school law. As times change, so the laws. In this toolkit, I will show which twelve resources will be imperative to ensure that my school runs smoothly. In this toolkit, you will find the following topics: Federal School Law, State School Law and the Revised Code of Washington, Religion in Schools, IEP and 504 Law, Student Discipline, Staff Discipline, School Economic Law, Charter School Law, Becca Law, Copyright Law, Tort Law, and Miscellaneous School Law. I. Federal School Law

www.ed.gov U.S. Department of Education-Each state is responsible for the education of each student and the laws that govern them. The U.S. Department of Education’s primary functions are to “establish policy for, administer, and coordinate most federal assistance to education, collect data on U.S. schools, and to enforce federal education laws regarding privacy and civil rights. Using this as a resource can help a principal stay current and up-to-date on the happenings of other schools and school districts. Although it is best to be well versed in state law, it is also helpful to know and understand the way the laws and policies is carried out in other schools and school districts across this country. www.ed.gov/esea No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Legislation

This legislation falls under the U.S. Department of Education. Because NCLB affects schools, it gives another reason why this particular resource is valuable to an administrator. II. State School Law and the Revised Code of Washington

www.k12.wa.us The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction-The U.S. Department of Education acts as a guiding body for schools in the United States. The state is in charge of the schools and the school districts within its borders. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction holds a wealth of information for administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and students. For administrators in particular, they would be able to find and research laws and policies that directly affect them and/or their school. This site an also direct them to the correct person to speak to when addressing a certain question. This resource is kept up-to-date with the legislation of school law and policy that occurs across the country. III. Religion in Schools

www.religioustolerance.org Religious Tolerance-This web resource serves the people of the United States and Canada. Their purpose is to serve people in four areas: disseminating accurate religious information, exposing religious fraud, hatred, and misinformation, disseminating information on dozens of “hot” topics, and promoting religious tolerance. www.aclu-wa.org American Civil Liberties Union of Washington State-The purpose of the ACLU is to act as a guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual’s rights and liberties that are based from the United States Constitution. http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guide/religionandschools U.S. Department of Education-In this section of this web resource, you will find the policy of religion in schools. In schools, you will find many religions and beliefs. It is imperative that an administrator respects the beliefs of others despite what their beliefs and thoughts may be. Being well versed in this policy will help an administrator keep balance in the school. IV. IEP and 504 Laws (Special Education)

www.wrightslaw.com Wright’s Law-This web resource provides up-to-date information on Special Education laws and...
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