The School Administrator

November 1997Learning the LawSaving Time, Money and Frustration


  • Learning the Law and Loving the School Attorney Less

    by Philip M. Corkill and J. Robert Hendricks

    The authors suggest how you can avoid a running meter on your legal bills. Also: Questions to consider before calling your attorney and finding a school attorney with a good fit. Philip Corkill is superintendent of the Flowing Wells School District, Tucson, Ariz. He teaches school law at Northern Arizona University. Robert Hendricks, a former superintendent of Flowing Wells, is associate professor of educational leadership at University of Arizona.

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  • Was That a Red Flag?

    by Gary R. Thune

    The chair of the national Council of School Attorneys discusses the importance of working effectively with your school attorney in a litigious age. Also: Additional resources on school law. Gary Thune is a partner with Pearce and Durick, Bismarck, N.D.

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  • Who's Serving Whom?

    by Walter H. Warfield

    The executive director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators helps sort out the relationship between superintendents and their school boards' attorneys.

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  • Turning to the Feds for Guidance

    by Jennifer W. Jacobs

    When confronting student-to-student sexual harassment, school leaders should follow the new federal guidelines issued by the Office for Civil Rights, the author says. Jennifer Jacobs is an attorney specializing in school law with Bracewell and Patterson, Houston, Texas

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  • Four Implications of IDEA's Reauthorization

    by Julie K. Underwood

    The dean of the School of Education and Allied Professions at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, highlights the major changes in the revamped federal law governing special education. Also: AASA's new manual on IDEA.

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  • The Legal Confines of School Reform

    by Todd A. DeMitchell

    A professor of education law at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., describes how the proliferation of state laws, court rulings and bargaining agreements hamper meaningful change in public education. Also: Suggestions for challenging the legal confines.

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    Walter L. Swanson by JAY P. GOLDMAN

    superintendent, Harrisonville Cass R-IX Schools, Harrisonville, Mo.

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    Customers Never Tell Unless You Ask by Thomas Scullen and Bernard Mitchell

    superintendent, Appleton Area School District, Appleton Wis. and superintendent, Richmond, Ill., School District 13

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    Guest Column

    Where Have All the Critics Gone? by Howard L. Sosne

    superintendent, Pitt County Schools, Greenville, N.C.

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    The Central-Office Role in School Emergencies by Pegi McEvoy and Cathy Reineke

    nurse practitioner and professional development coordinator for the comprehensive health department, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle, Wash., and a consultant

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    President's Corner

    Reflections on an Education Abroad by Karl V. Hertz

    president, AASA

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