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Legal Literacy for Charter School Administrators


by David M. Schimmel, Suzanne Eckes & Colleen Chesnut — September 27, 2013

This commentary briefly highlights two illustrative legal cases involving charter schools. Although these controversies could have arisen in traditional public schools, we believe that these legal controversies could have been easily avoided in charter schools had the school leader been legally literate.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 27, 2013
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17265, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 11:38:39 PM

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  • David Schimmel
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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    DAVID SCHIMMEL is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is author or coauthor of over seventy-five articles and seven books about law and education including Principals Teaching the Law: 10 Legal Lessons Your Teachers Must Know (2010). Professor Schimmel is recipient of the Education Press Association of America’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Journalism and the Education Law Association’s McGhehey (lifetime achievement) award. His current teaching, research and writing focuses on promoting legal literacy for teachers. Schimmel received his J.D. from Yale University.
  • Suzanne Eckes
    Indiana University
    SUZANNE ECKES is an associate professor at Indiana University. She has published several articles, book chapters and books related to school legal issues. She is a co-editor on the Principal's Legal Handbook and a monthly contributor to Principal Leadership magazine. Eckes received her Ed.M. from Harvard and her J.D./Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
  • Colleen Chesnut
    Indiana University
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    COLLEEN CHESNUT is an instructor for an undergraduate school law course at Indiana University. Her current research focuses on issues of educational equity for English language learners and teacher collaboration, and she spent several years as an early childhood and bilingual teacher in Chicago Public Schools. Chesnut is a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University.
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