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August 2016 PAGE Code of Ethics ELS

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Transcript of August 2016 PAGE Code of Ethics ELS

Georgia's Code of Ethics for Educators
Professional Association of Georgia Educators
Ellen L. Schoolar
Lowe & Schoolar, P.C.
912-234-2581
ellen@savlawgroup.com
PAGE NETWORK ATTORNEY
Responsible for investigations,
hearings, and sanctions in cases
of educator discipline.
Receives 75-100 complaints per month.
THE CODE OF ETHICS
1. Legal Compliance
2. Conduct with Students
3. Alcohol or Drugs
4. Honesty
5. Public Funds and Property
6. Remunerative Conduct
7. Confidential Information
8. Contract Abandonment
9. Required Reports
10. Professional Conduct
11. Testing
11 Rules to Live By
“An educator shall abide by federal, state, and local laws and statutes. . . .”
STANDARD 1: LEGAL COMPLIANCE
STANDARD 2: CONDUCT WITH STUDENTS
“always maintain a professional relationship with all students both in and outside the classroom"
Anyone between the ages of 3 and 17 OR
Any person enrolled in school from preschool through August 31st after graduation from the 12th grade
". . . prevent the use of alcohol or illegal or unauthorized drugs by students who are under the educator’s supervision (including but not limited to at the educator’s residence or any
other private setting)."
THE CODE OF ETHICS
STANDARD 3: ALCOHOL AND DRUGS
refrain from the use of alcohol or illegal or unauthorized drugs during the course of professional practice
includes being under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on school or LUA (Local Unit of Administration) premises or while at a school or LUA related activity
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STANDARD 4: HONESTY
An educator shall exemplify honesty and integrity in the course of professional practice.
STANDARD 5: PUBLIC FUNDS AND PROPERTY
"An educator entrusted with public funds and property shall honor that trust with a high level of honesty, accuracy, and responsibility."
STANDARD 6: REMUNERATIVE CONDUCT
". . . gifts, gratuities, favors, and additional
compensation."
"unless approved by the local board of education/governing board or authorized designee"
STANDARD 7: CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION
STANDARD 8: ABANDONMENT OF CONTRACT
"without prior release from the contract by the employer"
STANDARD 9: REQUIRED REPORTS
must report
suspected
child abuse
within 24 hours
must report violations of code of ethics
within 90 days
STANDARD 10: PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
STANDARD 11
TESTING

Linda Woods
PAGE Membership Services Rep.
First District
800-506-0704
DANGER ZONES
School Computers
Student
relationships
TESTING
Social Media
"An 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."
"An educator shall demonstrate conduct that follows generally recognized professional standards and preserves the dignity and integrity of the education profession."
Ellen L. Schoolar
Lowe & Schoolar, P.C.
912-234-2581
ellen@savlawgroup.com
Possible Outcomes:
* Revocation of license
* Denial of license
* Suspension
* Reprimand
* Warning
* Monitoring
* No probable cause
Including but not limited to commission
or conviction of a felony or any crime
involving moral turpitude
Discipline
Investigates 60% (50), of which 75% (35-40) receive PSC sanctions.
Special Ed.
Any laws applicable to the profession

Criminal offense involving controlled substances

Sexual offenses
SHOPLIFTING
Sanction = Suspension

Writing Bad Checks
Sanction = Reprimand

School Computers
Not abandonment if:
Submit resignation prior to June 1; or
Submit resignation with at least 2 weeks notice after June 1 because of a documented health problem, documented spousal transfer and relocation, or documented promotion within field of education
Other Grounds for Disciplinary Action
Disciplinary action against a certificate in another
state on grounds consistent with those specified
in the GA Code of Ethics for Educators
Order from a Court or request from DHR that a
certificate be suspended or denied for non-payment
of child support
Tax Fraud
Required Reports
Ethics Cases Closed in FY 2016:
Conduct with Students - 137
Required Reports - 304
Public Funds and Property - 31
Legal Compliance - 340
Confidential Information - 44
Remunerative Conduct - 7
Abandonment of Contract - 8
Testing - 31
Alcohol or Drugs - 31
Honesty - 231
Professional Conduct - 385
TOTAL - 1,549
18 Members
POTENTIAL PROBLEM AREAS
The Hall
Extracurricular Activities
Tutoring
RUMORS & GOSSIP
Notification from GA Higher Education Assistance Corporation that educator is in default on student
loan

Major Testing Violations
Breach of test security
Failure to provide or attend training
Failure to follow directions specified in the manual
Coaching, prompting, altering or providing answers
Interpreting, explaining or paraphrasing test items
Copying or taking notes on test items
O.C.G.A. 20-2-1184
Any employee of a public or private school who has reasonable cause to believe that a student has committed any of the following acts upon school property or at any school function shall immediately report the act and the name of the student to the principal or his/her designee:

Aggravated assault involving a firearm
Aggravated battery
Sexual offenses
Carrying a deadly weapon at public gatherings
Carrying weapons at school
Illegal possession of a pistol or revolver by a person under 18
Possession or any use of marijuana or other controlled substances
O.C.G.A. 19-7-5
requires educators, if they have "reasonable cause to believe
that suspected child abuse has occurred" to make a report of such abuse.

Educators my fulfill this duty by reporting to the head of the facility
(the principal) or his/her designee.

Any educator who "knowingly and willfully fails" to report is guilty
of a misdemeanor.
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