Reasonable and prudent principals must know the law of negligence and apply its theory to the crush of activities and expectations of leading a modern school. In most schools, the in-house legal expert is the principal. This book assists, through case studies, legal analyses, and practical applications, principals to be the legal leader of their school.
Thank you, Todd A. DeMitchell, for writing this book! Both new and veteran principals will benefit from all the information you provide. I particularly like the extensive use of case studies and the tools for examining our own practices and procedures. This book is chock-full of materials that can prompt self-reflection in both administrator and teacher meetings. This is a must-read for any principal. -- Pamela Miller, Ph.D., principal, Hawthorne Brook Middle School, North Middlesex Regional School District, Townsend, Massachusetts
The book is written in language that is as clear as it is informative. It provides building level school leaders with a solid foundation upon which to base policies that lead to safer schools with a minimum of tort claims based on negligence. Further, the interested reader could certainly use the information from this book as a starting point for further studies in the area of tort liability. Given those two accomplishments, DeMitchell is to be commended for this valuable contribution to the field. * Education Law Reporter *
Negligence: What Principals Need to Know About Avoiding Liability makes tort liability come alive. Education practitioners will find considerable benefit from the author's discussion of legal concepts and the guidelines for good practice. The use of case studies-one of the most efficient and effective methods for teaching legal principles- is shown maximum advantage in this book. The author has admirably constructed the book to be both a valuable legal resource and a ready practical guide for school principals. Those persons interested in further study will be gratified to find copious footnote references to law cases, law articles, and education law texts. -- Ralph D. Mawdsley, J.D., Ph.D., professor of school law, Cleveland State University, and past president of the Education Law Association