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What practitioners think principals should know about school law in North Carolina

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to examine what North Carolina principals, superintendents, and school board attorneys perceive North Carolina principals should know about school law. An electronically delivered school law survey and demographic questionnaires asked participants to rate 49 school topics, arrayed in six domains, on a four-point scale as to their importance to the knowledge of North Carolina principals. The survey was electronically sent to 100 elementary, 100 middle, and 100 high school principals, who were graduates of the North Carolina Principals' Executive Program; as well as 111 superintendents and 78 school board attorneys. The study revealed that the principals, superintendents, and school board attorneys rated the school law topics of "suspension and expulsion of students", "dismissal procedures of teachers", "disciplining of handicapped students", and "torts liability of supervision of students" as the most important. The study also revealed that the principals, superintendents, and school board attorneys rated the school law domain dealing with exceptional children as the most important for principals to know. Statistically significant differences at (p[underscore]<.01) were found between the elementary and middle school principals and between the middle and high school principals in five of the six school law. Statistically significant differences at (p[underscore]<.01) were found between the principals and the superintendents and between the principals and school board attorneys in all or part of the six domains
Thesis, Dissertation, English, ©2001
University of North Carolina at Charlotte