The subject upon which I have been asked to speak, is the legal status of the teacher. In endeavoring to comply with this request, I have assumed that such an audience as this would not be interested in the bare legal aspect of the question, as an audience of lawyers might be. Nevertheless, any effort to speak upon the teacher's legal status necessarily presupposes that what is to be said on the social, political, or pedagogical sides of the matter will be said by others, and that only that which pertains to the legal aspect is now in order. The mass of material from which the lawyer might select that which would be appropriate to his needs is now great, and presents many questions of a wholly technical nature, as well as much matter merely of a temporary or local interest. Attempting to eliminate this as of no interest to you, I shall confine myself to the larger and more general aspects of the subject.
Mechem, Floyd R. "The Legal Status of the Teacher." Mich. Alumnus 6 (1900): 323-32.