As a principal, you will be expected to make numerous sound and moral legal decisions regarding student rights in the school setting. Examples of such student right issues include freedom of speech, locker and backpack searches, personal privacy, and due process for students with exceptionalities. A principal must act with integrity and fairness to ensure the school system is held accountable for every student’s academic and social success. To be an effective leader and decision-maker on such issues, the principal should be familiar with cases that specifically speak to student rights in the educational arena.
Part 1: Case Analysis
Using the “Case Analysis Template ,” address each step of the decision-making model to render a decision for Case 14.
Part 2: Rationale
Support the case analysis with a 500-750 word rationale explaining the decisions you made and how those decisions:
- Support the school’s vision and mission and safeguard the values of democracy, equity, and diversity.
- Promote social justice and ensure that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling.
- Promote collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations.
Cite the case and any other source documents as appropriate.