In an increasingly contentious world, even the most diligent teacher can find themselves on the other end of a legal battle. From complaints about disciplinary techniques to concerns over taught material, issues can arise from seemingly innocuous situations. Thus, knowing your rights as a teacher is vital to lasting professional success.
Educators are entitled to the same freedoms as any other citizen. Promised liberties include freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and freedom of association. On the other hand, teachers face several limitations in the classroom. For example, educators have limited academic freedom to ensure that no teacher provides students with inaccurate or unsuitable information.
Contracts and Tenure
Contracts may state that a teacher is bound to their duties for a given amount of time, but in many states, termination does not require a clear cause. Violation of contractual obligations is only one catalyst for removing teachers from their hard-earned posts. While tenure offers educators additional protection, many districts have loopholes that permit the school to ignore a teacher’s tenure status and deny them further employment.
Understanding teachers rights requires research and dedication, as every state determines its own rules of employment. Review your contract and state guidelines to ensure you are as prepared as possible should you run into any trouble during your time as a valued educator.