Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Education Specialist (EdS)

Degree Name

Educational Leadership (Educational Specialist Degree)

Department or School/College

College of Education and Human Sciences

Committee Chair

William P. McCaw, Ed.D.


Supreme Court Cases, School Law, Alaska


University of Montana

Subject Categories



Schug, Rodny, Ed.S., Spring 2018 Educational Leadership

Literature Review Abstract of Supreme Court Cases That Impacted Public Education

Chairperson: William P. McCaw, Ed.D.

The issues this paper will explore will help educational leaders learn about Supreme Court cases that impact daily operations in schools across our country. Each day in our schools, leaders are faced with a myriad of challenges. Continuous litigation will surface, when students and parents believe that their constitutional rights have been violated. Courts will look at previous Supreme Court decisions to help guide them, in determining their ruling.

The purpose of this professional paper is to examine four areas that have had a profound outcome on guiding school districts in developing policies, backed by Supreme Court rulings. These four areas are: free speech, random drug testing, search and seizure, and prayer. Several Supreme Court cases in each category will be brought to light to help clarify and understand the path that school districts must follow to avoid costly lawsuits.

This professional paper will not collect data. I will review education law literature, while explaining Supreme Court rulings, backed by the U.S. Constitution. The theme that will continually arise and be decided at the Supreme Court, is students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse door.

This paper will include referencing Supreme Court cases in each category, that are tied to the development and implementation of Alaska school board policies, administrative regulations, and education statutes.

The practical implication of this professional paper is gaining thorough knowledge and understanding of the United States Constitution and student rights on school property.

There are several audiences that will benefit from reading this paper that include: school administrators, school board members, policy committees, teachers, parents, students and community members. These educational stakeholder groups will benefit by gaining awareness of how schools operate under the confines of school law and need to continually be well versed in policy updates and revisions.

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