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William Allan Kritsonis, PhD

PhD Program in Educational Leadership
Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
Prairie View A&M University – The Texas A&M University System
Prairie View, Texas 77446

ADMN 5023 Public School Law – Fall Session 2009

Best ways to contact Dr. Kritsonis

Home: 281-550-5700; Cell 832-483-7889 Cell;

Appointments and Office Hours

Schedule appointments ONLY with Dr. Kritsonis
Office hours are two hours before class, one hour after class.

Textbook Required

The Educator’s Guide to Texas School Law, 6th Edition by Kemerer, Walsh & Maniotis, 2005,
University of Texas Press, Austin. Should be available in the PV bookstore or Barnes & Noble.

Some major purposes for the study of Educational Law are:

1) To acquire sufficient legal knowledge to carry out administrative responsibilities within
the framework of the legal system
2) To prepare the candidate for success on the TExES Exam #068
3) To acquire sufficient legal knowledge that should the administrator be faced with a law
suit, he/she can be successfully defended

Attendance will be logged from the sign in sheets and from submission of assignments or
weekly grades for each class period. Please sign your name using the surname as you are in the
system, and sign only your name. All students are expected to be on time and in attendance each
class meeting and remain for the entire class. Failure to be in attendance will cause the student
to miss daily assignments which can not be made up and will result in a lower grade.
Turn off all cell phones during class. No text messaging during class. No children are allowed in
classes at PVAMU.

All written assignments will be in essay form. The following written and class
assignments and points allotted for each activity will form the basis for a final grade. All work is
expected to be neat, clean, and well written demonstrating a professional understanding of the
significance of the events under consideration and discussion.

The class readings are detailed below and students are expected to have read the material
before coming to class each week.

The class schedule of activities calls for a mid-term and a final exam, portfolio and for
a Team Project. The dates are noted on the schedule. The Group Project is designed to give
you a summary of the law in Texas which deals with key educational issues. Groups will consist
of 3 to 6 (depending on class size) students each taking a designated topic from and preparing a
summary of the court decision and applicable law. Details about the group projects will be
provided later in the semester.
Portfolio 25%
Team Project 25%
Mid term Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%

The grading scale is as follows: A= 95% +, B= 85%-94%, C= 75%-84%, D= 70%-74%, F=

69% and below. Students are always welcome to request that a grade be verified if there is any
question. After the grade has been verified, however, no requests for “extra work” or a retake of
an exam will be permitted. It is expected that all students will be responsible for giving their
best effort in all assignments.

To obtain a grade of A or B all work must be completed and turned in as specified. Late work
will be accepted until the next class meeting with a 20 per cent deduction. Failure to be present
at the required time an assignment is due will result in a reduction of the grade.

1st Class Introduction, Advising Students on Program, Course Outline, Vital Statistics Form,
Students Write Biography (30 minutes).Federal Landmark Cases Lecture.

2nd Class Federal/State Legal System

3rd Class Chapter 1, Overview of Education Law, Texas Schools,

And Parent Rights

4th Class Chapter 2, Student Attendance & Instructional Program

5th Class Chapter 3, Special Education

6th Class Chapter 4, Employment Relationship

7th Class Chapter 5 (continued) and Chapter V, Personnel Issues

8th Class Mid Term Distributed. Chapter 5 (continued). Catch up

9th Class Mid Term Due. Chapter 6, Expression and Association Rights

10th Class Chapter 7, Religion in the Schools

11th Class Chapter 8, Student Discipline

12th Class Chapter 9, Privacy Issues: Community, Educators, Students

13th Class Final Distributed Chapter 10, Legal Liability

14th Class Final Due (graduating students)

15th Class Final Due all students