By William C Bosher Jr., Kate R Kaminski, Richard S Vacca

A father or mother items to a curriculum that features a unit on Greek gods, arguing that it violates the separation of church and country. As a instructor or administrator, how if you happen to reply? this sort of factor is one such a lot educators must confront finally, as well as different hot-button concerns corresponding to zero-tolerance rules, drug and alcohol trying out, and prayer in faculties. the college legislation guide is designed to let educators to confront such concerns with info, perception, and initiative. the problems are geared up into 5 components: the college setting, Constitutional concerns, scholars, team of workers, and responsibility. inside each one sector are a number of chapters, each one starting with a practical state of affairs by way of criminal and sensible analyses of the location. Armed with this information of the parameters governing every one situation, educators can extra successfully deal with their responses, asking and answering the foremost questions: * What are the felony obstacles? * what's the district coverage concerning this factor? * What are the capability concepts for answer? during this period of exceptional public scrutiny, the college legislation guide is key analyzing for all institution group of workers. invoice Bosher is govt Director of the Commonwealth academic coverage Institute and Dean of the college of schooling at Virginia Commonwealth college. Kate R. Kaminski is an legal professional within the box of schooling legislation and the Director of criminal and coverage prone for the Virginia university forums organization. Richard S. Vacca is Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Commonwealth academic coverage Institute at Virginia Commonwealth college.

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Groups are student-initiated. • The school does not sponsor the group. • The group is not disruptive. ” Groups and organizations must also be treated equally: • Each club must have equal access to meeting space, the public address (PA) system, and school periodicals. • School officials have the right to monitor meetings. • Groups may be required to follow a common set of rules. • The school may limit the number and locations of meetings. • Individuals from the community may be prohibited from attending meetings.

The involvement of “outside” adults should be prohibited in student-initiated groups. Policies should also clarify if this prohibition includes community speakers. The use of school announcement periods and equipment such as the PA should be specified for all student groups. In the case of community groups, similarly situated organizations should be made aware of the approval process, staff requirements, costs and duration of use, and expectations for behavior in the facilities.

A student sued, based on the policy’s violation of the New Jersey state constitution. After the Earls decision, all parties agreed that there was no violation of federal law. The policy also passed state constitutional muster. S. qxd 2/23/2004 2:04 PM Page 30 30 The School Law Handbook the goal of deterring drug use outweighs the minimal intrusion of a confidential urine analysis. Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing Like students, adults who are applying for employment in, or who are already employed by, a school may be subject to random, blanket, or suspicionless drug and alcohol testing.

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