California School Law

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Stanford Law and Politics, 2005 - Law - 549 pages
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California School Law provides the first comprehensive discussion of how law affects the day-to-day operation of the state s public, charter, and private schools. The book is written for a wide audience including policymakers, governing board members, school administrators, union leaders, teachers, school law attorneys, education law professors and their students, and parents. In its twelve chapters, readers will find a detailed yet readable account of the many ways law structures the delivery of educational services in California.

Beginning with an explanation of the legal framework within which California schooling takes place, the book examines constitutional, statutory, and judicial law governing attendance and instruction, school accountability, school finance, the collective bargaining process, employment, free speech, religion, the delivery of services to children with disabilities, student discipline, open meetings and records, privacy and student search and seizure, race and gender discrimination and harassment, and legal liability.

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Frank Kemerer teaches education law in the School of Law and School of Education at the University of San Diego as a Professor in Residence. He has been researching and teaching education law for thirty-five years at universities in New York, Texas, and California. In addition to speaking and consulting, Prof. Kemerer has written extensively in the field. Included among his books are the legal text Constitutional Rights and Student Life (West Publishing Company 1979), School Choice and Social Controversy: Politics, Policy and Law (Brookings Institution Press 1999), and The Educator's Guide to Texas School Law (University of Texas Press, 2005, now in its sixth edition). He was awarded the Scribes Certificate of Distinction in 1992 from the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects for William Wayne Justice: A Judicial Biography (University of Texas Press 1991). Peter Sansom is an associate with Lozano Smith, a California law firm specializing in education law. After graduating with highest honors and a major in communications from the University of California at Santa Barbara, he received his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. In his practice at Lozano Smith, Mr. Sansom has successfully represented school districts in special education due process hearings and student expulsions. He works on a wide variety of education law issues including employee discipline and student rights. Jennifer Kemerer practices employment law with a firm in Palo Alto. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a major in public policy and education, Ms. Kemerer worked as an analyst for Cornerstone Research in Menlo Park. Later, she received her law degree with distinction from Stanford Law School. In addition to employment law, her interests focus on racial and gender issues, as well as constitutional rights.

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