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William Allan Kritsonis, PhD (Revised Summer, 2009) William H. Parker Leadership Academy Hall of Honor In 2008, Dr. Kritsonis was inducted into the William H. Parker Leadership Academy Hall of Honor, Graduate School, Prairie View A&M University – The Texas A&M University System. He was nominated by doctoral and master’s degree students. Dr. Kritsonis Lectures at the University of Oxford, Oxford, England In 2005, Dr. Kritsonis was an Invited Visiting Lecturer at the Oxford Round Table at Oriel College in the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. His lecture was entitled the Ways of Knowing Through the Realms of Meaning. Dr. Kritsonis Recognized as Distinguished Alumnus In 2004, Dr. William Allan Kritsonis was recognized as the Central Washington University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Education and Professional Studies. Dr. Kritsonis was nominated by alumni, former students, friends, faculty, and staff. Final selection was made by the Alumni Association Board of Directors. Recipients are CWU graduates of 20 years or more and are recognized for achievement in their professional field and have made a positive contribution to society. For the second consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report placed Central Washington University among the top elite public institutions in the west. CWU was 12th on the list in the 2006 On-Line Education of “America’s Best Colleges.” Educational Background Dr. William Allan Kritsonis earned his BA in 1969 from Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington. In 1971, he earned his M.Ed. from Seattle Pacific University. In 1976, he earned his PhD from the University of Iowa. In 1981, he was a Visiting Scholar at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and in 1987 was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. Doctor of Humane Letters In June 2008, Dr. Kritsonis received the Doctor of Humane Letters, School of Graduate Studies from Southern Christian University. The ceremony was held at the Hilton Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Professional Experience Dr. Kritsonis began his career as a teacher. He has served education as a principal, superintendent of schools, director of student teaching and field experiences, invited guest professor, author, consultant, editor-in-chief, and publisher. Dr. Kritsonis has earned tenure as a professor at the highest academic rank at two major universities. Books – Articles – Lectures - Workshops Dr. Kritsonis lectures and conducts seminars and workshops on a variety of topics. He is author of more than 600 articles in professional journals and several books. His popular book SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: The Art of Survival is scheduled for its fourth edition. He is the author of the textbook William Kritsonis, PhD on Schooling that is used by many professors at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad. In 2008, Dr. Kritsonis coauthored the textbook A Statistical Journey: Taming of the Skew. The book has been adopted by professors in many colleges and universities throughout the nation. It was published by the Alexis/Austin Group, Murrieta, California. In 2007, Dr. Kritsonis’ version of the book of Ways of Knowing Through the Realms of Meaning (858 pages) was published in the United States of America in cooperation with partial financial support of Visiting Lecturers, Oxford Round Table (2005). The book is the product of a collaborative twenty-four year effort started in 1978 with the late Dr. Philip H. Phenix. Dr. Kritsonis was in continuous communication with Dr. Phenix until his death in 2002. In 2007, Dr. Kritsonis was the lead author of the textbook Practical Applications of Educational Research and Basic Statistics. The text provides practical content knowledge in research for graduate students at the doctoral and master’s levels. In 2009, Dr. Kritsonis’ b


  • 1.Chapter 2 PEDG 5344 William Allan Kritsonis, PhD

2. Impermissible Discrimination

  • In 1954, the US Supreme Court began the effort to eliminate de jure racial segregation (segregation by law) in our society.
  • In 1964, Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in public education, in any federally assisted program or activity, in public and private employment, and in privately owned places of public accommodation.
  • The courts have required good-faith integration and affirmative action efforts.Districts still involved in the original desegregation suits conduct their affairs in accordance with the court orders issued in their respective cases.Those under court orders must file with the responsible courts periodic status reports describing their progress toward desegregation.
  • ***The ultimate goal of this process is to be declared unitary, a status denoting the eradication of all aspects of a segregated, dual school system.

3. Impermissible Discrimination

  • In 1991, the US Supreme Court declared that once all vestiges of de jure segregation have been eliminated, federal court supervision may end, even if one-race schools reemerge.Also in 1991, the 5th Circuit ruled that once unitary status has been declared, plaintiffs bear the burden of proving in a new lawsuit that a school boards actions were based on intent to discriminate, which is very difficult to do.
  • Section 504 of Title V of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in federally assisted public school programs.IDEA requires that any state receiving financial assistance under the act must assure a free, appropriate public education to children with disabilities within the state and must assure that the rights of those children and their parents are protected.
  • Title XI of the 1972 Education Amendments prohibits intentional discrimination on the basis of sex in programs that receive federal assistance.

4. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

  • The decision of the US Supreme court was that public education facilities that are racially segregated are inherently discriminatory even if equal; the Court struck down laws that treated people differently solely on the basis of their color or racial heritage.This overruled the separate but equal doctrine of Plessy v. Ferguson 1896, and began the movement to end de jure segregation (segregation by law) in the public sector.


    • The US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that preference given African Americans and Mexican Americans in the admissions process at UT School of Law violated the 14th amendment equal protection clause.The admissions process set aside 5% of the spaces in the entering class for African Americans and 10% for Mexican Americans; to achieve these goals, lower admissions criteria and greater individual attention were necessary.The appeals court rejected the use of race or ethnicity as a criterion in admissions, it did recognize that other criteria that may correlate with race and ethnicity would be permissible as long as they are not used for discriminating on the basis of race (applicants residence, parents education, and economic and social background).

Hopwood v. The State of Texas 6. Freeman v. Pitts

    • The US Supreme Court ruled that a trial court can relinquish supervision over those areas where a school district has achieved unitary status yet can retain authority to oversee continued desegregation in other areas.In effect, unitary status can be achieved in incremental stages.

7. Plyler v. Doe

    • In 1982, the US Supreme Court ruled that Texas no longer could exclude the children of undocumented admitted aliens from a tuition-free education.The court ruled that children could not be held responsible for being in Texas illegally and was not persuaded that the exclusionary provision in the Texas school admissions statute retarded the influx of undocumented aliens into the country or that providing a tuition-free education to these children would constitute a serious drain on the states funding for public education.

8. Major v. Nederland ISD

    • In 1991, Nederland ISD lost when it refused to admit a student who was living with her boyfriends parents in the district so that her home life could be stabilized.The students mother had executed power of attorney giving the boyfriends parents authority to make decisions regarding the students education and health care.The federal district court concluded that the district could address problems of white flight and overcrowding of its schools without enacting an overly broad policy that violated state and federal law.The district was ordered to change its policy and to pay court costs, the students attorneys fees, and nominal damages for the days the student was excluded from school.

9. TEC 25.085 : Compulsory School Attendance

      • (a) A child who is required to attend school under this section shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is provided.
      • (b) Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.086, a child who is at least six years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not yet reached the childs 18th birthday shall attend school.
      • (c) On enrollment in prekindergarten or kindergarten, a child shall attend school.

10. TEC 25.085 : Compulsory School Attendance

      • iv.(d) Unless specifically exempted by Section 25.086, a student enrolled in a school district must attend:
        • an extended-year program for which the student is eligible that is provided by the district for students identified as likely not to be promoted to the next grade level or tutorial classes required by the district under Section 29.084;
        • an accelerated reading instruction program to which the student is assigned under Section 28.006(g);
        • an accelerated instruction program to which the student is assigned under Section 28.0211; or
        • a basic skills program to which the student is assigned under Section 29.086.
      • v.(e) A person who voluntarily enrolls in school or voluntarily attends school after the persons 18th birthday shall attend school each school day for the entire period the program of instruction is offered. A school district may revoke for the remainder of the school year the enrollment of a person who has more than five absences in a semester that are not excused under Section 25.087. A person whose enrollment is revoked under this subsection may be considered an unauthorized person on school district grounds for purpose of Section 37.107.

11. TEC 25.085 : Compulsory School Attendance

  • Residency and Guardianship
    • Schools can not require persons with whom students live to secure legal guardianship.
  • The Compulsory School Law
    • The Compulsory School law requires that a person who is at least 6 years of age, or who is younger than six years of age and has previously been enrolled in first grade, and who has not turned 18 shall attend school.
    • A student who is 17 or older and has a high school equivalency certificate or high school diploma is exempted from the compulsory school law
  • Absences
    • A student who fails to attend school without excuse on 10 or more full or partial days within a six-month period in the same school year, the district must file a complaint against the student or the parent or both in an appropriate court or refer the student to a juvenile court as specified in the statute.

12. The Required Curriculum

  • To ensure consistency, in 1981, the TX legislature passed a law requiring a well-balanced curriculum in TX public school districts, including both a foundation curriculum and an enrichment curriculum.Foundation curriculum: English/LA, math, science and SS.Enrichment curriculum: other languages, health, PE, FA, economics, career and technology education, and technology applications.
  • TEKS are located in Chapters 110-128 of Vol. 19 of the Texas Administrative Code.The state board cannot designate either the methodology or the amount of time to be used in teaching the content.
  • The SBOE is directed by rule to adopt curriculum requirements for minimum, recommended, and advanced high school programs.Beginning with the 04-05 freshmen, school districts must endure that each student t enrolls in either the recommended or advanced school program unless the student, parent, and school official agree that the student should be allowed to take courses at the minimum level.

13. The Required Curriculum

  • School districts are required to develop advanced placement tests for each primary grade level and secondary academic subject for advancing talented students from one grade to another.
  • Legislation enacted i