The School Law Handbookreviewed by J. Patrick Mahon — 2004
The School Law Handbook: What Every Leader Needs to Know
is an excellent desktop resource for school administrators. The
authors are William C. Bosher, Jr., former school administrator and
current professor, Kate R. Kamienski, an attorney, and Richard S.
Vacca, Professor Emeritus. All the authors are affiliated with the
Commonwealth Education Policy Institute at
The book is divided into five major sections: The School
Environment, Constitutional Issues, Students, Personnel, and
Accountability. The structure of each chapter engages the reader.
The chapters usually address more than one legal issue. The
discussion of each issue begins with a scenario that raises legal
considerations about that particular issue. The scenario focuses
the reader’s attention on the essential legal elements of the
issue. The next section, Legal Considerations, outlines applicable
federal and state statutes and case law. The survey of state
statutes helps administrators know more about the statutory law in
their own states. Next, the authors address Policy Considerations.
The Practical Considerations section provides general information
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The School Law HandbookAuthor(s):
William C. Bosher, Jr., Kate R. Kaminski, & Richard C. VaccaPublisher:
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VAISBN:
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- J. Mahon
J. PATRICK MAHON is a retired Georgia educator. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. He served as a high school principal for 20 years of his career. He has published articles in Educational Leadership, The NASSP Bulletin and The Illinois School Board Journal. He was a part time Assistant Professor of School Law for the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. Currently, he is a Site Developer for ATLAS Communities in Cherokee County, GA. ATLAS is an educational nonprofit organization which provides school improvement services to schools. His upcoming book on school law, tentatively titled, School Law for Busy Administrators is with the editors at the Education Law Association.