School Law, 35th Edition | 2,000+ Convenient Answers About School Law in New York--Newly Revised!

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School Law has been fully revised and expanded to incorporate the latest legal and regulatory developments.

The 35th Edition covers such important areas as:

  • School elections
  • School budgets
  • Access to school board meetings
  • Tax levy limits
  • Competitive bidding
  • Annual professional performance reviews
  • Teacher tenure and discipline
  • Fiscal accountability
  • Student rights
  • School accountability
  • Non-public school services
  • Special education requirements
  • Collective bargaining
  • And much more

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Table of Contents
General Information and Abbreviations
   New Statutory and Regulatory Law Overview
   State Statutes
   The Board of Regents and State Regulations
   New Case Law

The New York State School System—Structural Overview
1. Public Education—Governance Framework
2. School District Reorganization
3. Charter Schools
4. Nonpublic Schools

Public School Governance
5. School Boards
6. School Board Members
7. Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)
8. School District Officers
9. School District Administrators
10. The Superintendent of Schools
11. The District (BOCES) Superintendent
12. Ethics
13. Confidentiality of School Records
14. School Board Meetings

Annual and Special School District Meetings
15. School District Meetings
16. School District Voters
17. The Voting Process

Public School Finances
18. The School Budget
19. School Budget Development and Adoption
20. Contingency Budgets
21. School Tax Assessments
22. School Tax Collection
23. State Aid
24. The BOCES Budget

Fiscal Management
25. Basic Fiscal Management Responsibilities
26. Reserve Funds
27. Borrowing
28. Purchasing of Materials and Services

Public School Staff
29. School Building Principals
30. Teachers—Employment Qualifications and Compensation
31. Teachers—Certification
32. Teachers—General Rights and Responsibilities
33. Teachers—Tenure and Seniority
34. Teachers—Probationary Appointments and the Granting of Tenure
35. Teachers—Professional Development
36. Teachers—Abolition of Positions and Excessing
37. Teacher and Principal Performance Evaluations
38. Discipline and Termination of Tenured Teachers and Administrators
39. Non-Instructional Employees
40. Coaches and Athletic Trainers
41. Fingerprinting Requirements

Employee Constitutional, Leave and Retirement Rights
42. Employee Constitutional Rights
43. Employee Statutory Leave Rights
44. Retirement Rights and Benefits

Employee Contractual Relations
45. Contracts of Employment
46. Collective Bargaining—The Taylor Law
47. The Collective Bargaining Process

48. Student School Attendance
49. Student Residency Requirements
50. Student Health and Welfare
51. Student Safety
52. Student Discipline
53. Student Constitutional Rights
54. Students with Disabilities

Instruction, Curricula and Student Achievement
55. Instruction and Curricula
56. Student Performance Accountability

57. Transportation of Public School Students
58. Transportation of Nonpublic School Students
59. School Buses
60. School Bus Drivers, Monitors and Attendants

Public School Facilities
61. Buildings and Grounds
62. Building Safety
63. Hazardous Materials and Toxic Substances
64. School Facilities—Use and Conduct
65. Religion in Public Schools

Liability and Litigation
66. General Rules and Sources of Liability
67. Defense and Indemnification
68. Employment Discrimination
69. Insurance Protection