Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ded)


Professional Studies in Education

First Advisor

Joseph Marcoline, D.Ed.

Second Advisor

Robert Millward, D.Ed.

Third Advisor

Cathy Kaufman, Ph.D.


The purpose of this quantitative study was to analyze Pennsylvania public school principals' knowledge of constitutional school law by determining if a descriptive difference existed between Pennsylvania principals' perceived level of knowledge and actual knowledge of constitutional school law, determining if a connection existed between principals' awareness of constitutional school law litigation cases and their daily decision-making, and ascertaining where principals felt as though they acquired their foundational knowledge of school law. The participants in the study were Pennsylvania public school principals during the 2013-2014 school year. In total 139 participants completed a quantitative study in its entirety. The survey results were then entered in the Qualtrics program and code to answer the research questions. In addition, Chi Square crosstabulations were performed to look to descriptive differences in principals' perception of their knowledge and their actual knowledge. Findings of this study did not reveal descriptive differences between perceived and actual knowledge. It was revealed that principals do not remain current on new case law. In addition, it was revealed that principals rely heavily on superintendents or their designee to provide them with updates in the area of school law.