Educational Law

Educational Law 

School Law Research Paper Outline 1. Introduction: What is your area of the law and why is the area of the law important to public school law? 2. Current Case Law: Find the most relevant current case law and discuss the following: a. What courts have hear cases relevant to your topic? b. What specific questions have the courts addressed? c. What did the court(s) conclude? d. Look for patterns across your cases. Is this a consistent body of law, meaning did the different court opinions send a consistent message about the law? Or, is this body of law inconsistent, providing limited or little clear guidance for educators/other professionals? 3. ELCC Standards (Application): Apply what you have learned about this area of the law to the practice of educators using the ELCC Standards in the research paper rubric. Be as specific as you can. 4. Conclusion: This is the “so what” section. What did you learning researching and writing this paper? What are the implication for public schools? If you are not a public school educator, how does what you have learned apply to your work? EDAD 5373 PUBLIC SCHOOL LAW School Law Research Paper, 1. Brief Description of the Assessment Candidate will research a specific area of public school law (e.g., student speech, tort, desegregation) and produced a term paper that included the historical background of the law, a discussion the current legal interpretation of the law (e.g., case law) and how knowledge of the law informs fair, ethical and legal practice as an educational leader as specifically described in ELCC Elements 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 and 5.5 2. How the Research Paper Aligns with Standards Assessment 8 is aligned to the five elements of ELCC Standard 5. Specifically, candidates discussed how their chosen area of the law helps school leaders to act with integrity and fairness to ensure a school’s accountability for every student’s academic and social success (ELCC 5.1), and to be a reflective, transparent, and ethical administrator (ELCC 5.2). Candidates discussed how knowledge of the law equips school leaders to safeguard the values of democracy, equity, and diversity within the school (ELCC 5.3), assists building administrators to evaluate the moral and legal consequences of decision making (ELCC 5.4), and ensures that the individual needs of each student is met (ELCC 5.5). School Law Research Paper Directions Each candidate will write a school law research paper examining a specific area of the law as it pertains to the administration of public schools. Papers are to be written using Publications Manual of the APA, 6th Ed. as the authority for style and documentation. To assist students, a one page summary providing commonly used citation forms for legal papers in APA is available on Blackboard. Papers are to be at least ten and no more than 12 pages (not including title page or reference section) in length. Papers will consist of four sections: an introduction, discussion of relevant statutory and case law, application of legal principles to school administration in light of applicable ELCC Elements and Oklahoma Administrator Competencies listed on page 2 of the syllabus, and a conclusions section. For this assignment, each student will need to do the following: 1. Identify a major area of the law (e.g., free speech, establishment clause, torts) about which to write. 2. Narrow your topic. For example, search and seizure could be narrowed based on information sources, objects of the search, or search method. 3. Locate applicable statutory and case law. 4. Read and analyze all materials from step three. 5. Begin writing. Be sure to discuss applications of legal principals to the ELCC Standard 5 Elements listed below: • understand and can act with integrity and fairness to ensure that schools are accountable for every student’s academic and social success. (ELCC 5.1) • understand and can model principles of self-awareness, reflective practice, transparency, and ethical behavior as related to their roles within the school. (ELCC 5.2) • understand and can safeguard the values of democracy, equity, and diversity within the school. (ELCC 5.3) • understand and can evaluate the potential moral and legal consequences of decision making in the school. (ELCC 5.4) • understand and can promote social justice within the school to ensure that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling. (ELCC 5.5)

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