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Missouri Court Rules on Educator Liability

When educators are sued for situations or circumstances that occur in the course of their employment, there are a number of potential protections that can shield them from liability.  A recent decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals analyzed the interaction of two of these protections when a student is hurt at school.  See M.C.-B v. Hazelwood Sch. Dist., No. ED99601 (Mo. App. E.D. Nov. 12, 2013).  The case illustrates the different immunities that may apply to educators and how those immunities interact with Missouri law. To find out more, hit the jump… Continue reading

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First Amendment Principles, or in this case Principal

One of the issues that teachers ask me about the most is what First Amendment speech rights public employees have.  Most of those individuals are then shocked when they realize just how limited the right really is.  The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently delivered just such a shock to a principal who was fired for trying to do the right thing.  See McArdle v. Peoria Sch. Dist., No. 11-2437 (7th Cir., Jan. 31, 2013).

Read on for more information but first… From my post last week, you may recall that this week is Missouri NEA’s Legal Week, where we provide free webinars on legal subjects to Missouri NEA members.  Conveniently, one of those presentations is a full primer on First Amendment rights of public employees that I put together with my coworker, Susan Wagner.  A recording of the presentation is available here and I definitely recommend checking it out to help understand all of the aspects of the case.

Without further ado, on to the case… Continue reading

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