Federal Public School Law Guidebook

The Federal Public School Law Guidebook is an easy-to-use reference guide for those who educate, administer, govern, cover, support, study, and send children to K-12 public schools in the United States.
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The Federal School Law Guidebook 1st Edition is a new, valuable reference tool for those who educate, administer, govern, cover, support, study, and send their children to K-12 public schools in the United States. The Guidebook provides an overview of federal legal standards affecting public schools in the United States. Congress, federal agencies, and federal courts affect public school operations and policy development in many areas, including: civil rights, employment, special education, and more.

The Federal School Law Guidebook summarizes federal legal standards for public schools, with more extensive treatment on topics in which federal law plays an important role.

Using a question-and-answer format, the Guidebook translates complex legal concepts into plain English, making the publication accessible and easy to understand.

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CHAPTER 1  FEDERAL LAW AFFECTING PUBLIC EDUCATION: NATIONAL STANDARDS, STATE ADMINISTRATION, LOCAL GOVERNANCE
§ 1.01  Evolution of the Federal Role
§ 1.02  Sources of Federal law and Policy
§ 1.03  The State Educational Agency: Gatekeeper to Federal Funding and Programs

CHAPTER 2  SCHOOL BOARD AUTHORITY AND GOVERNANCE
§ 2.01  Overview
§ 2.02  Origin and scope of authority and responsibilities
§ 2.03  Election and Qualifications of Board Members
§ 2.04  Board meetings
§ 2.05  Board member liability and immunity
§ 2.06  Section 1983
§ 2.07  Free Speech Rights of the Board
§ 2.08  Termination of board service
§ 2.09  Sources
§ 2.10  Resources

CHAPTER 3  SCHOOL FUNDING
§ 3.01  Overview
§ 3.02  Major Principles
§ 3.03  Federal funding via the "Title" programs
§ 3.04  Federal funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Act
§ 3.05  Federal programs that provide reimbursements to school districts
§ 3.06  Incentive and emergency funding
§ 3.07  Sources
§ 3.08  Resources

CHAPTER 4  CURRICULAR CONTROL, INSTRUCTION, AND ACCOUNTABILITY
§ 4.01  Overview
§ 4.02  Exemption from controversial subjects
§ 4.03  Sources
§ 4.04  Resources

CHAPTER 5  SCHOOL SAFETY
§ 5.01  Overview
§ 5.02  Student/employee health
§ 5.03  Mental health
§ 5.04  Threat assessment, reporting, and emergency planning
§ 5.05  Weapons and student discipline
§ 5.06  Liability concerns
§ 5.07  Bullying and harassment

CHAPTER 6  SCHOOL OPERATIONS
§ 6.01  Overview
§ 6.02  Transportation
§ 6.03  Nutrition
§ 6.04  School facilities
§ 6.05  Open Records
§ 6.06  Policies and annual notices required by federal law
§ 6.07  Sources
§ 6.08  Resources

CHAPTER 7  SCHOOL OFFICIAL AND SCHOOL BOARD LIABILITY AND IMMUNITY
§ 7.01  Overview
§ 7.02  Liability
§ 7.03  Sources
§ 7.04  Resources

CHAPTER 8  EMPLOYEE RIGHTS AND DISCIPLINE
§ 8.01  Overview
§ 8.02  Major Principles
§ 8.03  School district employee discipline
§ 8.04  Sources

CHAPTER 9  COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS
§ 9.01  Overview
§ 9.02  Collective bargaining rights

CHAPTER 10  STUDENT RIGHTS AND DISCIPLINE
§ 10.01  Overview
§ 10.02  Free speech
§ 10.03  Religious expression
§ 10.04  Search and seizure
§ 10.05  Discipline

CHAPTER 11  STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
§ 11.01  Overview
§ 11.02  Special education under IDEA
§ 11.03  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
§ 11.04  Americans with Disabilities Act
§ 11.05  Sources
§ 11.06  Resources

CHAPTER 12  CHURCH AND STATE/RELIGION
§ 12.01  Overview
§ 12.02  Government and religion
§ 12.03  Public aid to private schools
§ 12.04  Prayer in school
§ 12.05  Distribution of religious material
§ 12.06  Curriculum
§ 12.07  Display of Ten Commandments
§ 12.08  Brick, tile, and mural displays
§ 12.09  Holiday displays
§ 12.10  Release time
§ 12.11  Employee religious accommodations
§ 12.12  Sources

CHAPTER 13  EQUITY, EQUALITY, AND A “RIGHT” TO EDUCATION
§ 13.01  Overview
§ 13.02  Statutory duties to certain student populations
§ 13.03  Desegregation and student assignment
§ 13.04  Facilities and funding
§ 13.05  Sources
§ 13.06  Resources

CHAPTER 14  STUDENT RECORDS, DATA GOVERNANCE, AND INTERNET USE
§ 14.01  Overview
§ 14.02  Data privacy
§ 14.03  Digital records and online educational service providers
§ 14.04  Data security
§ 14.05  Sources
§ 14.06  Resources

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