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Tenured public school teachers can be dismissed for cause, which is specified in state law. Identify and explain the statutory causes for termination in Georgia.
All writing assignments, including responses to scenarios, should be consistent with the expectations of advanced graduate work. Adhere to APA formatting including references as needed. Your submission should be 1-3 pages in length.
Requirements: 1-3 pages
Georgia Professional Standards CommissionThe Code of Ethics for Georgia Educators
Legal Authority of the PSC Ethics Division
20-2-984.1. Adoption of a Code of Ethics.(a)It shall be the duty of the commission to adopt standards of performance and a code of ethics for educatorswhich are generally accepted by educators of this state.
Code of Ethics Code of Common Sense
20-2-984.1. Adoption of a Code of Ethics.The standards of performance and code of ethics adopted by the commission shall be limited to professional performance and professional ethics. The PSC does not care what you do in you personal lives as long as it does not carryover into your professional lives.
Definition of Educator20-2-982.1.(2)”Educator”means education personnel who hold, have applied for, or been denied certificates, permits, or other certification documents issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.
Legal ComplianceStandard 1
Standard 1An educator shall abide by federal, state, and local laws and statutes.
Legal ComplianceUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to the commission or convictionof: a felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.any criminal offense involving a controlled substance or marijuana. any sexual offense specified in Code Section 16.any laws applicable to the profession.
The educator pled guilty to two counts of Theft by Taking for stealing gasoline from the school system valued at $1,032.75. One Year Suspension
The educator was convicted of criminal offenses pertaining to the forging and passing of prescriptions for drugs. Revoked
The educator surrendered his certificate after being charged with distributing child pornography.Revoked
Conduct with Students
Standard 2An educator shall always maintain a professional relationship with all students, both in and outside the classroom.
A student isanyone under the age of 18.
OR, a student enrolled in grades Pre-K to 12 in a public or private school.
For the purposes of the Code of Ethics,the enrollment period for a graduating student ends on August 31 of the year of graduation.
Sexual Abuse of Students
Young people instinctively recognize these boundary violations and often nickname the employee engaged in such violations a pervert, based on their perceived sense of inappropriateness.Mary Jo McGrath
The Superintendent failed to report that her daughter, a school counselor, was involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student. Revoked
The Principal was advised that a student had a cell phone video of a female student performing a sex act on a male student . She waited 3 days to confiscate the cell phone. Revoked
The Principal exchanged over 1,100 text messages with two female students in a 2-month time period that contained discussions of alcohol, drugs, and sex. Two Year Suspension
The educators failure to properly supervise students resulted in the sexual assault of a kindergarten student by a third grade student.One Year Suspension
The Educator sent students text messages asking about their sexual orientation or other students sexual orientation. He pled guilty to two counts of Electronically Furnishing Obscene Material to Minors.Revoked
The educator engaged in a sexual relationship with a thirteen year old male student that her daughter was dating.Revoked
The educator provided alcoholic beverages that were consumed by students at a party at her residence. One Year Suspension
Social NetworkingDont accept students as friends anddecline any student initiated social network friend requests.Student Relationship GuidelinesDont post anything on a website that you would not post on the front door of the school.
Be Friendly, Not a Friend.Student Relationship Guidelines
Choose Appropriate SettingsStudent Relationship Guidelines
Physical Education teacher and gymnastics coach, age 27, in Illinois convicted of having sex with a teen age boy.”When boys sexually interact with older women they’re viewed as lucky,” she said. “When girls sexually interact with an older male it’s seen as them being victimized.”But that kind of thinking is shortsighted, Ortiz said. Minors of any age are not cognitively developed enough to make important decisions about sexual interactions or able to “fully understand the consequences of such actions later in their lives.”
Defendant: Ashley M. Blumenshine (Law enforcement photo / January 7, 2011) Charge: Criminal sexual abuse
Alcohol or DrugsStandard 3
Standard 3An educator shall refrain from the use of alcohol or illegal or unauthorized drugs during the course of professional practice.
DrugsUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to:1.being on school premises or at a school-related activity while under the influence of, possessing, using, or consuming illegal or unauthorized drugs;
Illegal and Unauthorized Drugsare Always Illegal and Unauthorized.
The educator was involved in the manufacture, use and distribution of methamphetamine at her residence. The educator took methamphetamine onto school system property and provided methamphetamine to student aged individuals. Revoked
The educator was arrested for trafficking marijuana. Fifty pounds of marijuana was found in the educator’s home. The home “reeked” of the smell of smoked and fresh marijuana. Three children were in the home at the time of the arrest.Revoked
AlcoholUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to:2.being on school premisesor at a school-related activityinvolving studentswhile under the influenceof, possessing, or consumingalcoholic beverages.
20-2-984.1. The code of ethics shall be limited toprofessional performance and professional ethics.
NPCThe educator admits consuming two glasses of wine prior to attending a middle school talent show. She exhibited glassy red eyes, slightly slurred speech, giddy behavior and the odor of an alcoholic beverage on her person. The principal asked another teacher to take her home.No Breath or Blood Alcohol Test Results!
The educator was under the influence of alcoholic beverages while on school campus. Breath test readings were .160gms and .167gms. One Year Suspension
The educator admits to using alcohol before coming to school and leaving school, without permission, to obtain and drink more alcohol. He vomited and became disoriented in the classroom. He had been arrested and charged with Sexual Battery of a high school student and Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor the previous day.Revoked
The educator admitted that he consumed one alcoholic beverage after hours on three nights while serving as a chaperone on an eight-day school-sponsored trip to Italy. Suspended 20 Days
The educator fell asleep in class and failed to supervise two of his students engaged in oral sex during class time. On a required drug test the educator tested positive for cocaine. Revoked
Standard 4An educator shall exemplify honesty and integrity in the course of professional practice.
HonestyUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting:1.professional qualifications, criminal history, college or staff development credit and/or degrees, academic award, and employment history;
HonestyUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to, falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting:2.information submitted to federal, state, local school districts and other governmental agencies;
HonestyUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to, falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting:3.information regarding the evaluation of students and/or personnel;
HonestyUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to,falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting:4.reasons for absences or leaves;
HonestyUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to,falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting:5.information submitted in the course of an official inquiry/investigation; and
HonestyUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to,falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting:6.information submitted in the course of professional practice.
The educator provided the system with a doctors excuse for the days that she attended an out of state event with her daughter and husband.5 Day Suspension
The educator admitted to changing the grades of 12 students in four subjects with no documentation supporting the grade changes. The educator stated it was done for the benefit of the students. 10 Day Suspension
The educator fabricated her IEP paperwork by cutting signatures from other documents, pasting them on the required paperwork, and photocopying the paperwork to conceal the cut and paste. She submitted the fabricated documents to the school system. 90 Day Suspension
Public Funds & PropertyStandard 5
Standard 5An educator entrusted with public funds and property shall honor that trust with a high level of honesty, accuracy, and responsibility.
Public Funds & PropertyUnethical conduct includes but is not limited to:1.misusing public or school-related funds; 2.failing to account for funds collected from students or parents;3.submitting fraudulent requests or documentation for reimbursement of expenses or for pay;4.co-mingling public or school-related funds with personal funds or checking accounts; and5.using school property without the approval of the local board of education/governing board or authorized designee.
The DOE Academic Coach Program Manager authorized payment of funds to employ her relatives, to fund unallowable expenditures for herself and a subordinate DOE employee, and to further her pursuit of a doctorate degree.Three Year Suspension
The Superintendent wrote and approved a check to his wife for time that she did not actually work.90 Contract Day Suspension
The Educator used school system computer equipment to exchange emails of a sexual nature with another educator. The emails were obtained by an Open Records Request and published in local newspapers. 90 Day Suspension
The educator rented the school auditorium to community members and kept the money for his personal use.62Revoked
The educator forged the superintendents signature to obtain unauthorized equipment to use for the creation and distribution of pornographic material to further his private business (the production and distribution of pornography).Revoked
The educator used her school system computer to access dating and singles websites soliciting relationships with men during instructional time and CRCT test administration. This included arranging meetings for the purpose of having sex.One Year Suspension
Remunerative ConductStandard 6
Standard 6An educator shall maintain integrity with students, colleagues, parents, patrons, or businesses when accepting gifts, gratuities, favors, and additional compensation.
A Coach opened multiple bank accounts with school funds without the school’s approval. Checks totaling thousands of dollars were written to “cash” or to the Educator. This left the school over $27,000 in debt.Three Year Suspension
Other Remunerative Conduct CasesSolicited parents to pay for private music lessonsAccepted gifts in exchange for extra credit points or starting positions on teamsPromoted a personal business to students, teachers and parents (Private Coaching)Collected fees for participation in marching band and paid himself to conduct band campRequested a ocean fishing trip from a vendor after a large purchase with no bid.
Confidential InformationStandard 7
Standard 7An educator shall comply with state and federal laws and state school board policies relating to the confidentiality of student and personnel records, standardized test material and other information.
Confidential InformationAnnual performance evaluation records of school personnelHealth services provided to an insuredIndividual student performance data, information and reportsSchool records of students with disabilities A student’s education record
Abandonment of ContractStandard 8
An educator shall fulfill all of the terms and obligations detailed in the contract with the local board of education or education agency for the duration of the contract.
Abandonment of ContractïThe PSC expects educators to honor their contracts.ïThe PSC has identified circumstances that warrant educators leaving their contracted positions without a release.ïEducators are expected to make every effort to minimize the effect on the students experiencing the loss.
Required ReportsStandard 9
An educator shall file reports of a breach of one or more of the standards in the Code of Ethics for Educators, child abuse, or any other required report.
O.C.G.A. §19-7-5Child abuseincludes the following conduct by a childs parent or caretaker:ï§Physical injury or death(by other than accidental means)ï§Neglect or exploitation of a childï§Sexual abuse-an act of apparent sexual stimulation or gratification …ï§Sexual exploitation-allows, permits, encourages, or requires a child to engage in prostitution or sexually explicit conduct .
20-2-1184Any employeeof a public or private elementary or secondary school … who has reasonable cause to believe that a studentat that school has committed any of the following actsupon school property or at any school function, shall immediately report the act and the name of the student to the principal or the principal’s designee.ï¬Aggravated assault involving a firearm; ï¬Aggravated battery; ï¬Sexual offenses; ï¬Carrying a deadly weapons at public gatherings; ï¬Carrying weapons at school;ï¬Illegal possession of a pistol or revolver by a person under 18ï¬Possession or any use of marijuana and controlled substances,The principal … shall make an oral reportthereof immediatelyby telephone or otherwise to the appropriate school system superintendentand to the appropriate police authority and district attorney.Any person who fails to make a reportshall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
What is reasonable cause to believe?
The High School Principal failed to report rumors that a female student was involved with a male teacher until after the teacher was arrested and charged Sexual Assault.One Year Suspension
The Educator failed to disclose the revocation of a Florida certificate in 1976 for providing alcohol to students, consuming alcohol in the presence of students, and engaging in an inappropriate physical relationship with a student.81Revoked
Professional ConductStandard 10
Standard 10An educator shall demonstrate conduct that follows generally recognized professional standards and preserves the dignity and integrity of the teaching profession.
The educators admit leaving 17 students unsupervised at a hotel to attend a theater performance. The students obtained and consumed alcoholic beverages and participated in sexual acts while the educators were away.Suspend 2 Years
The Educator admitted carrying a yard stick and hitting a student on her leg, allowing students in the gym when they are not supposed to be there, and allowing a student to watch his son in his office instead of attending gym class.Suspend 30 Days
Standard 11An educator shall administer state mandated assessments fairly and ethically.
Having difficulty getting your students to pass the standardized tests try:
ERASURES!Are erasures on state test answer sheets unethical?No!
Erasures on Student Answer Sheets are NOT Unethical!Clean up of stray marks and smudges is a requirement for accurate scoring!
The educator was in and out of the classroom, leaving student CRCT test booklets unsecured in the classroom. Students were present in the classroom at the time and CRCT material was compromised during the time frame in question.9220 Day Suspension
The Educator deviated from the script when she administered the CRCT Reading exam to 2nd grade students. The Educator reread each test question more times than was authorized, paraphrased the script, and at provided hints to the students.9330 Day Suspension
The educator administered the CRCT to special education students improperly by reading passages as well as questions and answers, and then falsified the students’ IEP reports to convince others that he was supposed to read the passages. 9490 Day Suspension
One Year SuspensionThe educator provided a study guide to students was just like the CRCT. DOE confirmed that the study guide matched the test. Witnesses statements confirmed that the educator copied testing material.
Other Grounds for Disciplinary Action against a Certificate
Other Grounds for Disciplinary Action:ïDisciplinary action against a certificate in another state on grounds consistent with those specified in the Code of Ethics for Educators.ïOrder from a court or a request from DHR that a certificate be suspended or denied for non-payment of child support.
Other Grounds for Disciplinary Action:ïDefault on or unsatisfactory repayment status on a student loan. ïSuspension or revocation of any professional license or certificate.ïViolation of laws and rules applicable to the profession.ïAny other good and sufficient cause that renders an educator unfit for employment as an educator.
Enforcing SanctionsThe superintendent and the superintendents designee for certification shall be responsible for assuring that an individual whose certificate has been revoked, denied, or suspended is not employed or serving in any capacity in their district. Both the superintendent and the superintendents designee must hold GAPSC certification.
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