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California School Law: Second Edition
Synopses & Reviews
Now in its second edition, California School Law is the only comprehensive source discussing how federal and state law affects the day-to-day operation of the state's traditional public, charter, and private schools. While the book is comprehensive, the authors have written it for a broad audience. California School Law has become a coveted desk-top reference for administrators, governing board members, school attorneys, union leaders, and policymakers. It also has been widely adopted as a classroom textbook in educational administration and education law classes. In commenting on the first edition, Michael Kirst, Stanford University Education Professor-Emeritus, noted that "The writing style is a blend of law and policy that is easy to follow." Other reviews that greeted the first edition are available on this website.
The first chapter provides an explanation of the legal framework within which California schooling takes place and key players at the state, district, and school level. Ensuing chapters examine student attendance and truancy, curriculum law, employment law, teacher and student rights of expression, the school and religion, students with disabilities, student discipline, privacy and search and seizure, and legal liability in both state and federal court. Also included are chapters on unions and collective bargaining, educational finance issues, and racial and gender discrimination. Appendices provide a glossary of legal terminology, an explanation of how to find and read legislative enactments and judicial decisions, and a list of sources for accessing law. The book's table of contents is included on this website. Also included are links two sections from the second edition, one dealing with the discipline of students with disabilities and the other with student rights of expression.
Law never stands still. To keep the book current, the authors will maintain a cumulative update for the second edition on this website.
Book News Annotation:
Kemerer (education law and policy, U. of San Diego) and Sansom, an attorney at a firm specializing in representing school districts in California, discuss how law affects the operation of California's public, charter, and private schools. In nontechnical language, they describe the legal framework for California schooling, and aspects such as structure, attendance and truancy, curriculum, school finance, unions and collective bargaining, employment, free speech, religion, special needs students, discipline, privacy, race and gender discrimination, and legal liability, including current legislative and judicial developments in this edition. The book is aimed at board members, administrators, teachers, attorneys, union leaders, education professors and students, policy makers, and parents. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The best way to avoid expensive and time-consuming lawsuits is to know the law. In California, with its maze of legislative laws, administrative rules, and judicial decisions, that is not an easy task. "California School Law" provides the first comprehensive discussion of how law governs the day-to-day operation of the state's public, charter, and private schools.
For more information about this timely book or to place an order, visit www.californiaschoollaw.org. There you will also find the January update, which describes legal developments since the book's publication in June 2005, including changes resulting from the 2005 legislative session.
The best way to avoid lawsuits is to know the law, but with California's maze of statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions, that's not an easy task. Newly updated and in its second edition, California School Law provides the only comprehensive discussion of how law governs the day-to-day
operation of the state's public, charter, and private schools.
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"I would recommend this book to every educator and policymaker in public education. It is a great reference for immediate and comprehensive information on a variety of laws that govern California education."—Dr. Sonny H. Da Marto, Superintendent of the Turlock Unified School District
"California School Law is a new and different contribution to the California policy scene. The writing style is a blend of law and policy that is easy to follow." —Michael Kirst, Professor of Education, Emeritus, Stanford University and Former President, California State Board of Education
"California School Law provides 'one-stop shopping' for individuals examining the laws that relate to the operation of schools. In my 38 years as an educator, including 30 in administration, I have never seen a book that covers such detailed, easy-to-read accountings of laws impacting the daily operation of schools. This book will provide an immediate and excellent resource and should be in the offices of all administrators." —Larry Maw, Former Superintendent of the San Marcos Unified School District
Praise for the first edition:
"California School Law is a valuable addition to the literature on education law. No other book effectively and comprehensively covers education law in California, and the authors are well qualified to compile this information. This book will be a necessary resource for a wide range of people interested or involved in education in California."—Stephen Sugarman, Roger J. Traynor Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
"Finally, this is the comprehensive, thoughtful, and lucid treatment of California educational law and policy we've been waiting for. The authors not only explain the complex world of California school law with a lawyer's precision, but they make this sometimes arcane topic both lively and compelling with rich examples and from a national perspective."—William S. Koski, Eric and Nancy Wright Professor of Clinical Education, Professor of Law, and Professor of Education (courtesy), Stanford University
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