You should take a look at the new rules proposed by SBEC pertaining to disciplinary action. If adopted, these rules would impose a higher standard on administrators than teachers. Here is the key paragraph:
Administrators, who hold Superintendent, Principal or Mid-Management Administrator certificates issued by the SBEC, have as a result of their actual or potential positions of authority over students and other educators an even greater obligation to maintain good moral character than teachers and paraprofessionals. When an administrator’s conduct demonstrates that the administrator lacks good moral character, is a negative role model to students, or does not possess the moral fitness necessary to be a certified educator as described in subparagraph (D) of this paragraph, the administrator may be subject to greater sanction than a teacher or paraprofessional would receive for the same conduct. 19 T.A.C. 249.5(b)(2)(G), proposed.
In plain language, that means that a principal and a teacher who engage in the same misconduct may be disciplined in different ways, with the harsher penalty falling on the principal.
The proposed rules also include a set of “mandatory minimum” penalties for various infractions, ranging from contract abandonment to felony-level conduct.
You should take a look.
The comment period on these proposed rules runs until February 1. Comments can be sent to email@example.com.
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