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Because public schools are funded with taxed funded on a state and federal level, educators are responsible for maintaining and fostering education. This includes protecting the safety of students, ethics, the appropriate allocation of funds and treating all students equally. Aside from the responsibilities of the public education system, parents and guardians must also take steps to ensure that their students are aware of the rules set forth by their particular schools. Some schools require students to wear a uniform while others have a list of appropriate and prohibited attire.

School safety in the last few decades mainly because of highly publicized tragedies and increased violence in urban neighborhoods. In the spring of 1999, one of the most shocking events in US history took place at Columbine High School in Columbine Colorado. In the aftermath, educators, politicians and parents began to reevaluate their opinions on exactly what public education administrators were responsible for. Some schools have installed metal detectors, hired security guards and off duty police officers and even prohibited students from wearing large coats in school in order to prevent violence in schools. Usually, the superintendents of public schools are responsible for developing budgets. When enough tax dollars are not available schools are sometimes forced to temporarily suspend extra curricular activities. Likewise, some public education officers have been found to be misappropriating funds.

Unlike public schools, private institutions of learning are funded largely by tuition. Religious schools that advocate corporal punishment have sometimes found themselves in the courtroom. While many states make it legal for parents to physically discipline their children on school grounds, few allow educators to partake in corporal punishment even if the parents have given their consent. Corporal punishment is only permissible in private schools that have a religious association by educators who have received written consent from parents, and even then this is sometimes not enough.

There have been some fore instances of inappropriate physical conduct and verbal in the classroom setting. This can include public school system employees that seek out physical relationship with their students, whether they are of the legal age of consent or not. Individual school systems have clear rules and standards which require employees to refrain from berating students or speaking to them in a manner that could be construed as being abusive. This can become a challenge when educators are forced to breakup schoolyard fights or have to deal with students that are disruptive in the classroom. Students that repeatedly break the rules can be suspended or even expelled. Because public schools are federally regulated when lawsuits are filed against school systems there is almost always a liability cap. This means that plaintiffs are not able to collect the amount of money that they seek.

07.10.2009. 01:14