COURSE INFORMATION

Materials – Textbooks, Readings, Supplementary Readings:

Walsh, J., & Maniotis, L. & Kemerer, F. (2018). The educator’s guide to Texas school law (9th Ed. ). Austin, Texas: University of Texas Press.

American Psychological Association. (2019).Publishing manual of the American Psychological Association(7th ed.).Washington, DC: Author

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NOTE: Students must use the Wash, Maniotis, and Kemerer textbook and Westlaw as references for assignments and discussions. Once these have been referenced, other reliable sources may be included in the assignment.

course Description

EdAd 626 serves as an in-depth examination federal and state school law for educational leaders addressing legal issues that impact the operation of public schools.

Standards Addressed

TAC 241.15 Principal Curriculum Standards(1) Principal Standard I – (b) Learner-Centered Values and Ethics of Leadership. A principal is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity and fairness and in an ethical manner.

19 TAC Chapter 149 Subchapter BB Administrator Standards Standard 3–Executive Leadership. The principal is responsible for modeling a consistent focus on and commitment to improving student learning.

Domain III; Competency 6:The entry level principal knows how to prompt high-quality teaching by using selection, placement, and retention practices to promote teacher excellence and growth.Student Learning OutcomesThe learning outcomes for students in EdAd 626 are listed below:

1.The student will demonstrate familiarity with terminology in the field of lawas it applies to education.(19 TAC Chapter 149 Subchapter BB Administrator Standards Standard 3–Executive Leadership. The principal is responsible for modeling a consistent focus on and commitment to improving student learning).

2.The student will articulate an understanding of basic legal concepts through examination and discussion of relevant court cases. (Domain III Human Capital. Competency 006 The entry level principal knows how to prompt high-quality teaching by using selection, placement, and retention practices to promote teacher excellence and growth. Descriptive Statement D Implements effective, appropriate, and legal strategies for the recruitment, screening, hiring, assignment, induction , development, evaluation, promotion, retention, discipline, and dismissal of campus staff.

TAC 241.15 Principal Curriculum Standards (1) Principal Standard I – (b) Learner-Centered Values and Ethics of Leadership. A principal is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity and fairness and in an ethical manner.3.The student will demonstrate critical analysis by differentiating factual andevidentiary data.

(TAC 241.15 Principal Curriculum Standards

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Participation(55 points per prompt)

This is a very reading and study-intensive course. Each student is expected to participate through D2L, complete all reading and written assignments on time, and actively engage in class by closely connecting class topics and discussions to textbook and other readings.

Discussion Board Instructions:

There are no set times for you enter the board, but discussion should occur throughout the module.You must enter the discussion and postfor each module. Read each prompt and post at least one substantive response to that prompt. This usually takes around 150 words. Students will complete an initial post to the prompt and one response post to other students posts. Two posts are required 1 initial post and 1 response posts. Ground your initial posts with references from your textbook and Westlaw (Module 1, Lesson 1). The response post may also include the relating of real world experiences to the discussions or building on other’s comments with alternative solutions; pointing out problems or adding another dimensionto the discussion.”I agree” or “yes/no” will not be considered as quality responses and will not receive credit.Make sure to share your thoughts and experiences.

Always address the person by name to whose post you are responding.Student Learning Outcome:The student will articulate an understanding of basic legalconcepts through examination and discussion of relevant court cases. The student will gain an awareness of major legal resources and demonstrate the ability to use those resources.

(TAC 241.15 Principal Curriculum Standards(1)Principal Standard I – (b) Learner-Centered Values and Ethics of Leadership. A principal is an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by acting with integrity and fairness and in an ethical manner).

(19 TAC Chapter 149Subchapter BB Administrator Standards Standard 3–Executive Leadership. The principal is responsible for modeling a consistent focus on and commitment to improving student learning).

(Domain III: Competency 6: The entry level principal knows how to prompt high-quality teaching by using selection, placement, and retention practices to promote teacher excellence and growth.)

assessment Method:

Your contributions to the discussion forums will be graded for quality, references and timeliness using aDiscussion Forum Grading Rubricfound inDocSharing.Assessment Assignment: (The entry level principal knows how to prompt high-quality teaching by using selection, placement, and retention practices to promote teacher excellence and growth.)

Legal Briefs(55 points for each case brief)Pillar projedt Case Brief and PPT (85 points)Each student will prepare legal case briefs that are carefully articulated and thoroughlyresearched pertaining to the course material and assigned reading. Upload your briefs inwritten format to D2L. It should beyour workinyour words.Each brief should be a one-page, single-spaced paper(Times New Roman font, 12 pointtype, one-inch margins)summarizing the case using the following format with at leastone paragraph within the conclusion discussing the impact of this case and the decisionof the case to administrators. Address each of the questions or statements below. Label each section (for example, Facts, Issues, Ruling) as labeled below.

Citation:

List the legal citation for the case. This should be the title of the paper.Fact(s):

Restate the legally relevant facts of the case. Discuss in detail what happened to get this case into the court system. Bullet points may be used.Issue(s):

In one sentence, identify the question to be answered. To pick out the issue, think about who is arguing and what they are arguing about. An issue statement should include the sources of the law (for example, the First Amendment, the Texas Revised Code, IDEA, etc.), the parties involved, and the issue to be decided. For example, “Wasthe school district guilty of discrimination?” is not significantly detailed to meet the criteria of a good issue statement. “Does the equal protection clause of the 14thAmendment prevent publics school districts from maintaining separate schools based on race?” contains the necessary components of an issue statement.

Ruling:

What did the courts decide? What were the results? What was the final ruling for the case?

Rationale:Why did the court make that particular decision? What precedent or social event brought the court to this particular decision? On what did the court base these answers?

Conclusion: How does this court decision relate to your life as an educator or administrator, and education in general? What does this ruling mean to the educational