School Law and the Public Schoolsis a practical, easy to read, comprehensive guide to the legal issues facing public schools in the U.S. today. An essential reference for all teachers, educational leaders, and policymakers at all levels, the book is organized and written in a style that is accessible to all, even those with little or no knowledge of the legal issues in education.
Nathan L. Essex is a professor of Educational Law and Leadership at the University of Memphis and President of Southwest Tennessee Community College. He received a B.S. in English at Alabama A&M University, an M.S. in Educational Administration at Jacksonville State University, and a Ph.D. in Administration and Planning at the University of Alabama.
Essex’s interests include law, educational policy, and personnel administration. He has served as consultant for more than 100 school districts and numerous educational agencies. He served as a policy consultant with the Alabama State Department of Education for 12 years and received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to the field of education. He is the recipient of the Truman M. Pierce Award for Educational Leadership, for outstanding contributions which advanced the direction of education in the state of Alabama; the Academic Excellence Award in recognition of professional achievement and academic excellence in the research, service, and teaching of education, Capstone College of Education Society, The University of Alabama; Teaching Excellence Award; Distinguished Service Award — Who’s Who in the State of Tennessee; The University of Memphis Distinguished Administrator of the Year 1995-1996, “Educator on the Move,” the University of Memphis; Phi Delta Kappa, the Presidents award for leadership and serve to the community, Youth Services, Inc.; Who’s Who in Corporate Memphis, Grace Magazine; and President Bush’s Community Service Award, just to name a few. Essex has published numerous articles, book chapters, and newsletters on legal issues. Many of his works appear in The Administrator’s Notebook, The Horizon, Compensation Review, The Clearinghouse, The American School Board Journal, American Management Association, Community College Review, Education and Law, and many other professional journals. He is highly sought by educators at all levels to share his knowledge and expertise regarding legal issues that impact public schools.
Chapter 1 Legal Framework Affecting Public Schools
Chapter 2 Religion and the Public Schools
Chapter 3 Student Rights and Restrictions
Chapter 4 National Security and School Safety
Chapter 5 Individuals with Disabilities
Chapter 6 School Personnel and School District Liability
Chapter 7 Liability and Student Records
Chapter 8 Teacher Freedoms
Chapter 9 Discrimination in Employment
Chapter 10 Recruitment, Tenure, Dismissal, and Due Process
Chapter 11 The Instructional Program and School Attendance
Chapter 12 School Desegregation
Chapter 13 Public School Finance
Chapter 14 The Constitution of the United States of America