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American Public School Law 8th Edition

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"Kern Alexander was the lead author of this text when it was first published in 1969 under the title of Public School Law and has either authored or co-authored all subsequent editions. Dr. Alexander is a widely published author in the fields of education law and finance. He served as Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Florida for nearly two decades, and later as University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. He has been President of Western Kentucky University and Murray State University, Kentucky, and is currently Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He continues to take an active role throughout the United States in litigation involving equity in school finance." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kern Alexander is a widely published author in the fields of education law and finance. He served as Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Florida for nearly two decades and later as University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech. He has been President of Western Kentucky University and Murray State University (Kentucky) and is currently Professor of Excellence in the Department of Educational Organization and Leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He continues to take an active role throughout the United States in litigation involving equity in school finance.

M. David Alexander is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech. Dr. Alexander has authored or co-authored several books and many chapters and articles in the area of education law. He has taught public school law and college and university law for nearly 30 years and is widely consulted on issues pertaining to education law and arbitration.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 8 edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 049591049X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495910497
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Sixth Edition of American Public School Law is a comprehensive treatment of noteworthy public school case law that also serves to outline the history of our country. It's user friendly, while not lowering the bar for comprehension. Legal lingo is left intact, but translations are offered for those of us who are reading it for School Law classes, as opposed to Law School classes. There's a useful glossary, and a handy index for locating specific topics, and the cases that illustrate them. This is a book you'll want to keep.
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I ordered the book for my graduate class. It contains landmark court cases and rulings dealing with public school issues in all U.S. states. It is a great source for public school administrators and basically an easy read for those who have never had a law class.
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As a college professor, I taught school law. For anyone who is not an attorney, do not make legal decisions, instead make administrative decisions that's based upon school policy, your union agreement, and books like this legal text. This book is well documented and up to date. It is broad in its scope, yet its specific enough to inform you about contracts, "separation of church and state", and the "separate but equal" law that lasted from 1896 to 1954, the Courts decisions from Plessy v. Ferguson to Brown v. BOE of Topeka. The scope of this book is broad, yet deep...I recommend this book for anyone who wants to gain information about legal matters that pertains to school law.
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The book was in good condition when I received it. I was forced to purchase this book by my grad school for a grad school class. I am not very impressed with the books summarization of the cases and in order to really understand the cases, I have had to go to Westlaw and review the entire case. The book omits information that I deem as important and puts in a lot of fluff or irrelevant information. The book does however; provide a good listing of cases by topic for School Administrator to have a jumping off point.
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This book is packed FULL of information that all school leaders should know. It takes a long time to read but there are so many cases that cover just about every school/teacher/due process situation you can think of. A must have for all educational leaders.
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Once you get past the first two chapters, which are heavy with law-jargon, the book is a great resource for anyone in the field of education. If you're in a position to have parents questioning your administrative moves, this source should be kept in an easy-to-access location. It will come in very handy!
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By Lia on February 2, 2011
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I am a law student, and this is by far the worst book I have ever been assigned.

50% of the text is a summary of relevant case law, without many of the supporting facts. Normally a law school book is mostly cases. It is very hard to go through the learning process (digesting the case yourself) when using this book.

Additionally, the book is laid out in two columns, which makes note-taking especially difficult.

Basically, I would recommend avoiding this text if possible.
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The book is great for administrators who need to learn about school law. The book can at times be confusing. There should be additional reviews of the cases involved in the chapters.
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