The use of computers in our public schools is a phenomenon that has radically affected how instruction is delivered to students. Student use of technology is now an essential element in a student’s curriculum at all grade levels. Students use computers to communicate with friends, create their own web pages, research, and do homework assignments. Staff use of computers is an essential tool in the schools as well. From lesson plans to emails regarding meetings, technology is necessary in today's schools.
Board members have also discovered that technology enhances their ability to acquire information and communicate among themselves and with school administrators. As a result, board members are becoming better informed on all issues, with a vast amount of information available just a mouse click away. However, with technology comes new legal issues with which board members and administrators need to be familiar.
This chapter will explore many of the legal concerns that affect school boards and school administrators who are using technology to assist in managing the local school district, process information and communicate among the decision makers in the district.