Quality education depends on preserving a teacher’s freedom of expression and habits of openmindedness and critical inquiry. But in the classroom or the community, teachers may find their principles and standards challenged by school authorities or public officials. This essential handbook describes the legal recourses and remedies available when injustices occur.
The Rights of Teachers focuses on constitutionally protected activities in the classroom, with parents and students, and outside the school. It includes vital information on suing under civil rights acts for monetary and injunctive relief when a teacher’s rights are violated.
About the Author
David Rubin was until his recent retirement Deputy General Counsel of the National Education Association and also served as counsel to NEA’s Kate Frank/DuShane Unified Legal Services Program—a fund established for the protection of the rights of teachers. He has appeared in and argued cases involving the constitutional rights of teachers before the federal appellate courts, including the Supreme Court. Before his association with the NEA, Rubin was on the staff of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department and later became Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Steven Greenhouse is a reporter for The New York Times. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and has clerked for a federal judge in New York City. His father is a high-school teacher.