Chapter 2: Student Issues
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The average day in a public school would seem to be free from legal concerns. Buses arrive, attendance is taken, teachers teach, students study, administrators take care of paperwork, lunch is served, then dismissal when after-school teams and clubs meet. There is the general throb of instructional and social life. But beneath the surface, complex legal arrangements both dictate and react to the daily hum.
Bill of Rights
the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, encompassing basic personal freedoms and limits on government interference with those rights
the first provision of the Bill of Rights, which includes the rights to freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and association, and to demand government action
This chapter looks at a few of the legal issues that exist in schools, primarily as a result of the impact of the Bill of Rights on public schools, and especially those issues arising from the First Amendment. This is not to deny the importance of many other laws that affect the school day, some of which will be explored in later chapters. The bus company has a contract with the school district or the district runs its own transportation service, requiring insurance contracts. Attendance is taken, in part, to leverage state aid according to statutory formulae. Student enrollment is determined, in part, through constitutional and statutory anti-discrimination laws. Certain instructional...
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