December 8, 2003, Extra Credit
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Supporting America's Teachers: Liability Protection

The No Child Left Behind law features many provisions specifically designed to support America's teachers. As a form of liability protection, the law helps ensure that teachers, principals, and other school professionals can undertake reasonable actions to maintain order and discipline in the classroom. It generally provides civil immunity in any state court to teachers, instructors, principals, administrators and other education professionals for actions taken to maintain discipline, order or control in the school or classroom. Specifically, No Child Left Behind protects educators by:

  • Limiting the financial liability of teachers for harm they may cause acting on behalf of the school in disciplining students or maintaining classroom order.
  • Shielding teachers from liability when they act within the scope of their employment and in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws (including civil rights laws).
  • Limiting the availability of punitive and noneconomic ("pain and suffering") damages against teachers when they are determined to be liable for their acts.
  • Extending protection not only to teachers, but also to administrators, other school professionals, nonprofessional employees responsible for maintaining discipline or safety and individual school board members.

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