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|Dianne Hoff Publishes Reference Book
Inspired by her students, Dianne Hoff, an assistant professor of Educational Leadership at The University of Maine, authored Legal Issues for Maine Educators. Educational Leadership graduate students Marcia Diamond and Mark Hatch assisted Hoff. The book, recently published by Educators.cc of Omni Publishers in Texas, provides a synthesis of federal and state constitutional, statutory, and case laws that apply to Maine's schools. Legal Issues for Maine Educators covers more than 80 topics as they relate to legal basics, employees, students, special populations, curriculum, and liability.
Prior to coming to UMaine in 1997, Hoff received an Ed.D in school administration and school law from the University of Louisville and was an administrator and a teacher in California, Georgia, and Indiana.
Diamond is an assistant principal at All Saints Catholic School in Bangor, and Hatch is the assistant principal at Messalonskee High School in Oakland. Diamond and Hatch are both completing master's degrees with advanced study in school law.
Hoff points out, "Increasingly, more complex situations are arising in schools, and the potential for litigation is greater than it was in the past. We wanted this book to help teachers and administrators know the law so that they don't make mistakes that could have been easily avoided. It will also empower them to make confident decisions," Additionally, Hoff says, "The Educational Leadership program prepares our students to be leaders for schools in Maine. There are many aspects of leadership beyond a knowledge of school law, but the importance of law cannot be shortchanged. It's just one component of becoming a complete administrator, but an important component nevertheless."
Hoff, Diamond, and Hatch are currently working on a similar reference book for special education law. Although Legal Issues for Maine Educators includes a section on special education, the authors believe that a more detailed treatment of special education law will be useful for educators.
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