Date of Award

Spring 1979

Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




If one accepts the tenet that schools are reflective of one's society, then it must also follow that the organization abide by those rules and dictates of its societal norms. Hence, those inalienable rights of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" afforded each member in a democratic society must also filter into the organization and management of the American Public School System. If one of the goals of contemporary education is the acquisition of "good citizenship," models of democratic practices must be adhered to, practiced and nurtured within the schools, It is the prime responsibility of the American Public School System to provide those opportunities, experiences, and models of democratic practices, _Appropriately, then, one finds that the Judicial System of the United States decress that, in fact, students are protected by the courts and are most definitely protected by the Constitution and Bill of Rights. As a practicing administrator in the public sector, one has the responsibility to not only be cognizant of these rights, but also to legally follow and implement these laws. One must keep abreast of the changing laws and their ramifications for the organization and its clients. Therefore, it is the import of this paper to delineate those court cases that directly affect and protect public school management as it decides the legal disposition of its constituents, namely, the students. One should also realize, however, that laws are constantly being reviewed and revised, and therefore it is the ultimate responsibility of the public school administrator to be alerted to these changes in implementation.