The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board holds a lot of power when it comes to the careers of educators accused of or convicted of a crime. It can also hold teachers responsible for unethical behaviors as well. Since you have likely worked hard to become a professional educator, you want to protect your career if legal trouble arises.
What kind of trouble or conduct can impact your career?
Almost all convictions or arrests can harm teaching jobs in and near Frankfort. The Board has the power to suspend or revoke a teaching license or certificate for the following conduct:
- Convictions for felonies and certain misdemeanors
- Acts that are dishonest, corrupt, fraudulent or immoral
- Sexual contact with minors or students, regardless of conviction
- Use or possession of substances like drugs and alcohol while on duty
- Neglect or incompetency related to the performance of teaching duties
- Failure to comply with orders given to you by the Board
Violating the Board’s Code of Ethics can also put your license or certificate to teach in jeopardy. For example, if you falsify any professional information about your qualifications, the Board may discipline you. In some cases, this could mean the loss of your teaching certificate or license.
The good news is that you have rights that help you protect your career. Before the Board can discipline you, it must conduct a hearing into your case. At this point, it is wise to have a legal advocate experienced in administrative law on your side. In many cases, counsel from an attorney can help you preserve your teaching career and continue serving young minds and the community in which you live.