Most who choose a career in education are committed to their work for a lifetime. They look forward to completing their probationary period and attaining the job protections that come with tenure.
Although tenure can prevent your superiors from arbitrarily firing you, it might not protect you in all circumstances. Whether you are approaching tenure status or have already attained it, it’s wise to refresh your knowledge of what conduct can lead to termination.
Termination requires good cause
The strict moral aspects that once were requirements for American teachers have fortunately faded over the years. A teacher’s good moral character remains significant, but you can essentially use your personal time however you like. Still, accusations of certain acts or conduct could threaten your job.
Examples of these include the following:
- Immoral conduct
- Fraud or misrepresentation
- Convictions for serious criminal offenses
- Defiance of authority against reasonable rules
- Incompetence or neglect in the performance of duties
- Substantial failure to comply with school regulations or laws
According to the Texas Education Agency, those who have been accused of seeking or having improper relationships with students risk the permanent loss of their teaching certification.
If the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) investigates you for any of the issues above, you probably fear for the future of your job. Take comfort in knowing that you have legal rights that protect you.
The education board must give you a fair and meaningful hearing before entering disciplinary proceedings. That means you have time to defend your job and career. It can help to have experienced legal guidance.