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ED 513 Law for Educators
Pate, Victoria J.


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: ED513

COURSE TITLE: Law for Educators

COURSE DESCRIPTOR: NA

TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT:  Fall 1, 2004 (F1P04)

NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Victoria J. Pate, J.D.

TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Adjunct Faculty

FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION:

FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:

FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (816) 781-7987

FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: victoria.pate@park.edu

OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: vjpjd53 @ aol.com

FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: http://captain.park.edu/education

DATES OF THE TERM:  August 23, 2004 through October 17, 2004

CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Saturdays

CLASS SESSION TIME: 8:30-1:00

PREREQUISITE(S): NA

CREDIT HOURS: 3

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

 

VISION STATEMENT

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION: A study of the laws pertaining to public education.  Emphasis is placed on the early recognition and resolution of legal issues involved in the decision making process at both the teacher and administrator levels.  This is a required course for students enrolled in the Master in Educational Administration.

 

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY: To provide an interactive and interdisciplinary learning opportunity for Park University graduate education students seeking knowledge of the laws governing public education.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

 

Week 1:  (MoSTEP 1.2.9; ISSLC 6)

* demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the court systems 

* distinguish the importance of Constitutional law, statutory, case and administrative law

* demonstrate literacy with the legal citation form

 

Week 2:  (MoSTEP 1.2.3; ISSLC 3, 6)

* identify First Amendment objections to school activities

* demonstrate application of the Equal Access Act

 

Week 3:  (MoSTEP 1.2.3; ISLLC 3)

* identify the legal justifications necessary to restrict student speech and expression

 

Week 4:  (MoSTEP 1.2.6 and 1.2.10; ISLLC 3, 6)

* demonstrate understanding of child abuse statutes

* identify the substantive and procedural rights of students regarding discipline issues

* identify factors necessary for permissible student searches

 

Week 5:  (MoSTEP 1.2.6 and 1.2.7; ISLLC 3, 5, 6)

* recognize Constitutional and statutory barriers to discrimination

* identify elements of a legally enforceable desegregation plan

* develop policy which addresses prevention of sexual harassment

 

Week 6:  (ISLLC 6)

* identify procedural protection for teachers re certification, lay-offs and termination

* define and apply statutory grounds for termination of tenured teachers

 

Week 7:  (MoSTEP 1.2.7; ISLLC 3, 6)

* identify the legal justifications for restricting teacher First Amendment rights

* identify factors necessary for permissible searches of teachers

* recognize Constitutional and statutory barriers to teacher discrimination

 

Week 8:  (MoSTEP 1.2.9; ISLLC 3, 6)

* distinguish intentional torts vs. negligence

* apply legally recognized defenses to torts of intent

* identify the legal elements of negligence

* apply legally enforceable defenses to torts of negligence

* identify "duties owed" with regard to school premises

* recognize and apply the legal elements of libel and slander

* demonstrate an understanding and application of FERPA

* distinguish immunities relative to the school district, administrators and teachers

 

COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): Imber and Van Geel, Education Law, 2nd ed., Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000.  Helpful websites:  www.dese.state.mo.us for the public school laws of Missouri; www.ksde.org for Kansas education laws; www.park.edu/library/index.asp to Lexis Nexis for legal research.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

 

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY:  I am required to keep attendance records and to report absences.  I may grant excused absences for medical reasons, school sponsored activities and employment related demands including temporary duty.  However, since participation is an integral part of this course, missing more than 2 hours of any class will result in zero participation points for that day regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  Students are responsible for all missed work.  Unexcused absences in excess of two (2) class periods will be reported to the Dean for appropriate action.  A student failing to attend classes for two consecutive weeks, without approved excuse, will be institutionally withdrawn (unofficially withdrawn) and notified by mail that an “F” will be recorded unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the course.

 

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS:  Five (5) points will be deducted from worksheets submitted after the due date.  If you know you will be absent you may submit your worksheet by email.  However, your work must be received on the due date in order to escape point deduction.

 

COURSE ASSESSMENT: No mid-term or final exams.  Final grades will be based on class participation in discussion and group projects and on daily worksheets.  Group projects are designed to reinforce the lecture material.   Worksheets are designed to assess the student’s understanding of and ability to apply the weekly reading assignments, case readings and lecture material to specific issues concerning the week’s main topics.  You will benefit from reading the text and case assignments prior to each class session.

 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: (This section is where you may list regulations within your classroom.  Example: Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.)

 

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability

 

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:

Week

Date

Topics/Assignments

1

August 28, 2004

Understanding the Law
Chapter 1

2

September 4, 2004

Curriculum
Chapter 3

3

September 11, 2004

Student Free Speech
Chapter 4

4

September 18, 2004

Discipline; Student Searches
Child Abuse

Chapter 5
Chapt. 12
Pgs. 448 - 450 Mo.'s Safe Schools Act

5

September 25, 2004

Equal Opportunity
Sexual Harassment
Chapter 6

6

October 2, 2004

Personnel; Procedural Due Process

Chapter 10

7

October 9, 2004

Personnel; Substantive Due Process

Chapter 9

8

October 16, 2004

Torts and Negligence

Chapter 12

 


 

GRADING PLAN:

 

Participation = 40 pts.  (5 pts. @ day)

Worksheets =  80 pts. (10 pts. @ day)

Total possible points = 120

 

90 - 100%  = A

80 -   89%  = B

70  -  79%  = C

60  -  69%  = D

below 60% = F