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The School Law Handbook

reviewed by J. Patrick Mahon - 2004

coverTitle: The School Law Handbook
Author(s): William C. Bosher, Jr., Kate R. Kaminski, & Richard C. Vacca
Publisher: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA
ISBN: 0871208415, Pages: 215, Year: 2004
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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 Virginia Commonwealth University . 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 about the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 12, 2004, p. 2253-2256
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11353, Date Accessed: 4/15/2021 7:39:51 AM

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  • J. Mahon
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    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.
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