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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: Summer, 2005 (UIP)
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: June 6 to July 31, 2005
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; ISLLC 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; ISLLC 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, 3rd Ed., Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004. 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: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. Since participation is an integral part of this course, missing any class will result in zero participation points for that day regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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: Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or whose behavior interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness and excessive absences.

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 June 11 Understanding the Law Chapter 1
2 June 18 Curriculum Chapter 3
3 June 25 Student Free Speech Chapter 4
4 July 2 Discipline; Student Searches; Child Abuse; Mo. Safe Schools Act Chapter 5 Chapter 12 (pgs. 500 –501)
5 July 9 Equal Opportunity; Sexual Harassment Chapter 6
6 July 16 Personnel; Procedural Due Process Chapter 10
7 July 23 Personnel; Substantive Due Process Chapter 9
8 July 30 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