Begin by reading the case study “The Case of the Powdered Aspirin” in Chapter 5. This case helps school leadership candidates understand the conflict between the need for a drug-free school culture and the equally compelling ethical requirement that all students be treated fairly. The case study also sets the stage for discussions about procedural and substantive due process and the idea of a well-ordered school.
Respond to the following questions providing a rationale for each response using this week’s assigned reading.
- Can Lasiandra’s parents request a hearing before the local board of education? Why or why not?
- Does Lasiandra have a property of liberty interest that qualifies her for due process protection?
- Have the procedural guidelines for student suspension been met?
- What characteristics of a well-ordered school are missing in this scenario? (Hint: See the three defining characteristics as well as the “Do and Do Not” section in the “Idea of a Well-Ordered School” section of the text.)