Topic: Legal Talk
Religion and public education have had a controversial relationship, and it’s one that’s often highlighted at this time of year as graduation ceremony plans begin to take shape. The question at hand is this: Can religion play a part in graduation ceremonies?... read more.
Teachers' contracts are complex documents addressing salaries, leaves, benefits, and responsibilities. Get answers to three questions you may have as you read your first contract.... read more.
The U.S. Supreme Court could change the way diversity initiatives are implemented in preK - 12 public education this fall when it considers Fisher v. University of Texas, which involves diversity initiatives under a challenge of discrimination.... read more.
To qualify for most teaching, administrative, and other professional positions in the U.S. public schools, you must hold a valid certificate or license.... read more.
Parents have the right and responsibility to raise their children, but there are a number of limitations on their control. The state has the task of providing for the general welfare of its citizens. To carry that out, it can establish reasonable laws regulating behavior and sometimes even overriding parental wishes. Below are some cases when parents and schools have come into conflict.... read more.
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the land. Its opinions make law for all courts across the country. Thousands of cases are brought to the Supreme Court each year, but only a small number are accepted for review and decided. Each year, a few of these have an effect on school districts. Below is a summary of those cases and their impact. Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn (2011). Arizona enacted a tuition tax credit program that permits individuals to receive tax credits for donations to “school tuition organizations” that give scholarships for students to attend private (mainly religious) schools. The program diverts millions of tax dollars that would go to public schools. A group of taxpayers challenged the program,... read more.
In public education, there are layers of rules and authority that you have to know and follow. Who controls public schools? What rules affect you?... read more.
A student is showing photos to other students. You look over her shoulder and see that, in the photos, she is posing provocatively in her underwear. You ask if her friends took the pictures, and she says, “Oh, no, my uncle took the pictures when I was at his house. He says that I look like a model. He wants me to practice. He takes pictures of me like this all the time!” A middle school student seems unusually tired for several days. You ask him if he’s feeling OK. He says his parents have left him at home alone while they’re away on a week’s vacation. He admits that he’s probably not eating right because he’s not a very good cook.... read more.