The Code of Ethics forArkansas EducatorsOverview of the Code and Case Studies ThroughFiscal 2012
The Code of Ethics for ArkansasEducators History: The creation of a Professional LicensureStandards Board (PLSB) and the ...
The Standards The Code of Conduct for Arkansas Educators Consists ofSeven Standards upon which Conduct of Educators isjud...
The Code of Ethics forArkansas EducatorsStandard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, b...
The Code of Ethics forArkansas EducatorsStandard #4: An educator entrusted with publicfunds and property honors that trust...
The Code of Ethics forArkansas Educators Standard #7: An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under the i...
Historical StatisticsSince the 2009-2010 School Year, throughend of fiscal 2012, the PLSB has received471 allegations of v...
Historical Statistics by YearYear Allegations Testing Allegations Total2008-2009 84 46 1302009-2010 131 6 1372010-2011 100...
Historical Statistics by YearStandards Alleged Violated (Non-Testing)Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 72008-2009 70 18 27 12 15 13 52009-2...
Case StudiesSample Cases Representing the SevenStandards
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation:The complaint alleged that the educator: Was inattentive to students in the classro...
Allegations and ResolutionsStandard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with ea...
Allegations and ResolutionsResolution:After both an evidentiary hearing before theSubcommittee and a State Board hearing, ...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation:The educator violated the Code of Ethics by: Interacting with one of his students o...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator engaged in late night conversationsof a personal nature v...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation:The educator was alleged to have handcuffed astudent behind his back for texting in ...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator, a reserve police officertrainee, brought handcuffs to sc...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: A female educator allegedly exchanged textmessages, pictures, and videos of a sexu...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated that educator hadengaged in the conduc...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly had inappropriate contactwith a female student via text mes...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator sent various sexually suggestivephotos of himself shirtle...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator reportedly said to his class ofstudents, “There is a new sheriff in t...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator did make that statement to his classafter a student asked...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly slapped a student duringcheer practice and made inappropria...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator slapped the student, but claimed thatshe had done so joki...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The second allegation filed against the educator wasthat she made contact with a s...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator did lean on the student’s shoulderand tapped or slapped h...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly drove his nephew, also astudent where he taught, to a locati...
Allegations and ResolutionsStandard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with ea...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly exchanged text messages ofa sexual nature with a student, ex...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation confirmed the allegations.Resolution: The State Boa...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly purchased tobacco productsfor a 14 year old student who had ...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation confirmed the allegations.Resolution: The State Boa...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly:a.) threw a special education student’s jacket andbackpack ...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation (continued):e.) pulled on the student’s wrists in order to get himto stand up; and,f...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated allegations that theeducator threw the...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator was alleged to have denied a studentlunch as a disciplinary measure b...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The student had gone to the playground, retrieved afootball for a teac...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator reportedly played an ineligible playerin a football game, knowing tha...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegations inthe complaint and re...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: Allegedly, the educator, a superintendent, upon beingpresented allegations of impr...
Allegations and ResolutionsStandards Alleged Violated:Standard #2: An educator maintains competenceregarding skills, knowl...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegations ofviolations of Standa...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly falsified his employmentapplication documents to list false...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator did in fact falsify his employmentapplication as alleged....
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: A superintendent allegedly failed to make requiredreports to the appropriate agenc...
Allegations and ResolutionsStandards Alleged Violated:Standard #3: An educator honestly fulfillsreporting obligations asso...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation determined that the educator failedto make required ...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly collected money fromstudents for dues and for prom, which sh...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation.Resolution: The State ...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly placed a school owned flipvideo recorder, which was issued t...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation revealed the allegation to betrue.Resolution: The S...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly accessed pornographicmaterial on his classroom computer, in...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation confirmed that students sitting ata table nearest th...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly, among other allegedviolations, also used her school compute...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: This Standard, as well as others, were violated bythe educator.Resolut...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: Two educators were named in the same allegation.The first allegedly took secure te...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The first educator took the materials home, notrealizing they were sec...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly, while administering the IowaTest of Basic Skills, restated...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated that the educatordid not follow time a...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly informed students in two ofher classes that a student had b...
Allegations and ResolutionsStandard Alleged Violated:Standard #6: An educator keeps in confidence securestandardized test ...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation.Resolution: The State ...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly, while on school premisesduring regular work hours, includi...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation.Resolution: The State ...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly, on more than oneoccasion, entered the nurse’s station, rem...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation, andproduced informatio...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator was alleged to have used tobaccoproducts (smokeless tobacco) while on...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated theallegation, revealing that the educ...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator was alleged to have “huffed” graffiticleaner in the classroom during ...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation, revealingthat the educ...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation:The educator was alleged to have: Left her students unattended in the classroom, on...
Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation (continued):The educator was alleged to have: Failed to perform her duties on a reg...
Allegations and ResolutionsStandards Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with e...
Allegations and ResolutionsStandards Alleged Violated (continued)Standard #6: An educator keeps in confidencesecure standa...
Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegations.The PLSB Subcommittee ...
Please realize that all of thefacts and evidencegathered during theinvestigation as well as thedialogue which occurredamon...
Revisions to the Standards ofConductRevisions to three of the Standards becameeffective on July 15, 2012 and will apply to...
Revisions to the Standards ofConductStandard 4Old Standard 4: An educator entrusted withpublic funds and property honors t...
Revisions to the Standards ofConductStandard 6Old Standard 6:An educator keeps in confidencesecure standardized test mater...
Revisions to the Standards ofConductStandard 7Old Standard 7:An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under...
Thank you for impacting ourstudent’s lives.
CONTACT INFORMATION Eric R. James, Investigator Arkansas Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards Board...
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  1. 1. The Code of Ethics forArkansas EducatorsOverview of the Code and Case Studies ThroughFiscal 2012
  2. 2. The Code of Ethics for ArkansasEducators History: The creation of a Professional LicensureStandards Board (PLSB) and the implementation of aCode of Ethics and Procedural Rules for the PLSB by theState Board of Education was authorized by Statutewhich became effective on July 31, 2007. Creation of the PLSB: The PLSB was implemented andthe rules took effect September 9, 2008. A Subcommittee on Ethics consisting of five members ofthe PLSB was established to authorize or denyinvestigations based on allegations received, todetermine whether or not violations have occurred uponcompletion of an investigation, and if so, to makerecommendations for licensure actions to the StateBoard of Education.
  3. 3. The Standards The Code of Conduct for Arkansas Educators Consists ofSeven Standards upon which Conduct of Educators isjudged as to whether or not a violation or violationshave occurred.
  4. 4. The Code of Ethics forArkansas EducatorsStandard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.Standard #2: An educator maintains competenceregarding skills, knowledge, and dispositions relatingto his/her organizational position, subjectmatter, and/or pedagogical practice.Standard #3: An educator honestly fulfills reportingobligations associated with professional practices.
  5. 5. The Code of Ethics forArkansas EducatorsStandard #4: An educator entrusted with publicfunds and property honors that trust withhonest, responsible stewardship.Standard 5: An educator maintains integrityregarding the acceptance of anygratuity, gift, compensation or favor that might impairor appear to influence professional decisions oractions and shall refrain from using the educator’sposition for personal gain.Standard #6: An educator keeps in confidencesecure standardized test material as well asinformation about students and colleagues obtainedin the course of professional service unless disclosureserves a professional purpose or is allowed by law.
  6. 6. The Code of Ethics forArkansas Educators Standard #7: An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under the influenceof alcohol, tobacco, or unauthorized drugs while onschool premises or at school-sponsored activitiesinvolving students.
  7. 7. Historical StatisticsSince the 2009-2010 School Year, throughend of fiscal 2012, the PLSB has received471 allegations of violations of theStandards, and has received an additional77 allegations related specifically toStandard 6 testing violations, for a total of548 allegations.
  8. 8. Historical Statistics by YearYear Allegations Testing Allegations Total2008-2009 84 46 1302009-2010 131 6 1372010-2011 100 6 1062011-2012 156 19 175Total 471 77 548
  9. 9. Historical Statistics by YearStandards Alleged Violated (Non-Testing)Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 72008-2009 70 18 27 12 15 13 52009-2010 94 59 62 17 8 30 122010-2011 69 22 33 18 10 14 32011-2012 126 27 42 20 3 10 10Totals 359 126 164 67 36 67 30
  10. 10. Case StudiesSample Cases Representing the SevenStandards
  11. 11. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation:The complaint alleged that the educator: Was inattentive to students in the classroom and failed tosupervise their activities. Was deficient in her instruction of students and in herpreparation of the students to participate in the next level ofinstruction. Allowed students to be outside of the classroom withoutsupervision, and in some cases, without permission. Engaged in inappropriate/unprofessional conduct in theclassroom. Used inappropriate language and made inappropriatecomments in the classroom. Wore clothing inappropriate for the classroom. Engaged in inappropriate touching of students in theclassroom
  12. 12. Allegations and ResolutionsStandard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outside theclassroom.The Subcommittee determined that there wasreasonable belief that the educator violated Standard 1as alleged, with the exception that it did not find thatthere was reasonable belief that the educator woreclothing inappropriate for the classroom, and found thatthe allegation that the educator was deficient in herinstruction of students and in her preparation of thestudents to participate in the next level ofinstruction, while possibly true, should have been filedas a violation of Standard 2, and therefore did not findReasonable Belief that she violated Standard 1 in thatregard.
  13. 13. Allegations and ResolutionsResolution:After both an evidentiary hearing before theSubcommittee and a State Board hearing, the StateBoard concurred with the Subcommittee’sdetermination and recommendation and placed theeducator’s license on probation for twoyears, assessed a $75.00 fine, and required that shecomplete not less than six hours of clock based staffprofessional development on classroom management.
  14. 14. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation:The educator violated the Code of Ethics by: Interacting with one of his students on Facebook atinappropriate hours of the night; and, Making inappropriate remarks to the student.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.
  15. 15. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator engaged in late night conversationsof a personal nature via Facebook with a femalestudent, and in one conversation said that he lovedher.Resolution: The State Board of Education found that theeducator violated Standard 1 and issued a WrittenWarning to him.
  16. 16. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation:The educator was alleged to have handcuffed astudent behind his back for texting in class.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.
  17. 17. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator, a reserve police officertrainee, brought handcuffs to school, and did infact handcuff the student when he observed thestudent texting.Resolution: The State Board of Education found the educatorviolated Standard 1 and placed the educator’slicense on Probation for a period of three years andassessed a fine of $75.00.
  18. 18. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: A female educator allegedly exchanged textmessages, pictures, and videos of a sexual naturewith a male student.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.
  19. 19. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated that educator hadengaged in the conduct alleged.Resolution: The State Board of Education found the educatorviolated Standard 1 and placed the educator’s licenseon Probation for a period of three years and assesseda fine of $75.00. In addition, the educator wasordered to comply with her therapist’srecommendations and the medications prescribed, aswell as submit semi-annual reports from thetherapist.
  20. 20. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly had inappropriate contactwith a female student via text messaging andexchanged inappropriate photographs via textmessaging.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.
  21. 21. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator sent various sexually suggestivephotos of himself shirtless, pants hanging low, andlying on a bed, to the student, who was living withthe father of her child at his parents’ house.Further, the educator invited her to his residence.Additionally, while chaperoning at the seniors onlyprom, he admitted the girl and her friend into theprom by a back entrance, even though they werenot authorized to attend.Resolution: The State Board of Education found the educatorviolated Standard 1 and placed the educator’slicense on Probation for a period of two years andassessed a fine of $75.00.
  22. 22. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator reportedly said to his class ofstudents, “There is a new sheriff in town, and I amgoing to change the face of this program. I wantall of you punks and faggots to get out of myformation.”Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.
  23. 23. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator did make that statement to his classafter a student asked to be excused fromparticipating in the class exercise.Resolution: The State Board issued a Written Reprimand andassessed a $50.00 fine.
  24. 24. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly slapped a student duringcheer practice and made inappropriate commentsto the student in the presence of otherstudents, with the intention of embarrassingand/or humiliating the student.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.
  25. 25. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator slapped the student, but claimed thatshe had done so jokingly, and had made commentswhich could cause embarrassment or humiliate thestudent.Resolution: During the pendency of this investigation, a secondallegation was filed against this educator, and bothcases were heard on the same date by theSubcommittee.
  26. 26. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The second allegation filed against the educator wasthat she made contact with a student by placing herarm on his shoulder and then made contact with hishead or face with her hand, which occurred duringclass, and which some witnesses described as a slap.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outside theclassroom.
  27. 27. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator did lean on the student’s shoulderand tapped or slapped his face, but claimed thatshe had done so in a joking manner.Resolution: On the first allegation, the State Board ordered theeducator’s license be suspended for 1 year andassessed a $100.00 fine. A Letter of Caution wasissued by the PLSB Subcommittee for the secondviolation.
  28. 28. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly drove his nephew, also astudent where he taught, to a location off campuswhere that student and another student from theschool engaged in a fight, knowing that the twoplanned to fight; other students were present andwitnessed the fight; the educator made no attemptto discourage or break up the fight; and theeducator did not notify school or law enforcementauthorities of the altercation.
  29. 29. Allegations and ResolutionsStandard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outside theclassroom.Investigation revealed: The investigation confirmed the allegations.Resolution: The State Board placed the educator’s license onProbation for 1 year and assessed a $75.00 fine.
  30. 30. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly exchanged text messages ofa sexual nature with a student, exchanged nudephotographs with the student via textmessaging, and engaged in sexual acts and sexualintercourse with the student.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.
  31. 31. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation confirmed the allegations.Resolution: The State Board Permanently Revoked theeducator’s license.
  32. 32. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly purchased tobacco productsfor a 14 year old student who had worked for himat the educator’s rental property, knowing that thestudent could not legally purchase tobacco and thatit was illegal for him to purchase tobacco for aminor.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outside theclassroom.
  33. 33. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation confirmed the allegations.Resolution: The State Board issued a Written Reprimand andassessed a $50.00 fine.
  34. 34. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly:a.) threw a special education student’s jacket andbackpack into the hallway from her self-contained room;b.) placed her foot on the student who was lying facedown on the floor in the doorway of her room and withher foot on the student’s bottom, pushed him out of thedoorway;c.) straddled the child, lifted him up from under hisarms and carried him for approximately 15 feet.d.) sat the child down while she gathered hisbelongings;
  35. 35. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation (continued):e.) pulled on the student’s wrists in order to get himto stand up; and,f.) continued to hold his hand as she walked him tothe car rider line;g.) and when another student was uncooperativeand aggressive in her room and was hitting adults andthrowing things, did not assist nor determine how shemight assist.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outside theclassroom.
  36. 36. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated allegations that theeducator threw the student’s jacket and backpack intothe hallway and that she used her foot to push him intothe hallway. The Subcommittee found Reasonable Beliefthat she violated Standard 1 on that basis, but did notfind Reasonable Belief as to the other conduct alleged.Resolution: The State Board placed her license on Probation for aperiod of 1 year and assessed a fine of $75.00.
  37. 37. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator was alleged to have denied a studentlunch as a disciplinary measure because he waslate to the cafeteria.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.
  38. 38. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The student had gone to the playground, retrieved afootball for a teacher, and chose to stay outside andplay until lunch period was almost over. He came intothe cafeteria to eat and the educator questioned histardiness in coming to the cafeteria, but educatorclaimed that she did not refuse to allow him to eat.Resolution: The PLSB Subcommittee found Reasonable Belief thatStandard 1 was violated and issued a Letter ofCaution.
  39. 39. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator reportedly played an ineligible playerin a football game, knowing that the student wassuspended from school at the time.Standards Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.Standard #2: An educator maintains competenceregarding skills, knowledge, and dispositions relatingto his/her organizational position, subjectmatter, and/or pedagogical practice.
  40. 40. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegations inthe complaint and revealed that the student wore ajersey with a number different from that assignedto him during the game.Resolution: The State Board placed the educator’s license onprobation for a period of 2 years and assessed afine of $75.00, for violation of both Standards.
  41. 41. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: Allegedly, the educator, a superintendent, upon beingpresented allegations of improper sexual conduct by aneducator under his supervision, did not take adequatesteps to investigate or to remove the educator againstwhom the allegations were made in order to protectstudents, and further, as a mandated reporter, did notimmediately report the suspected abuse to the properauthorities, as is required by Arkansas state law.
  42. 42. Allegations and ResolutionsStandards Alleged Violated:Standard #2: An educator maintains competenceregarding skills, knowledge, and dispositions relatingto his/her organizational position, subjectmatter, and/or pedagogical practice.Standard #3: An educator honestly fulfillsreporting obligations associated with professionalpractices.
  43. 43. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegations ofviolations of Standards 2 and 3.Resolution: The State Board ordered that the educator’slicense be Permanently Revoked.
  44. 44. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly falsified his employmentapplication documents to list false informationregarding prior employment, names ofreferences, telephone contact information, andsignatures, in order to secure a position with anArkansas district.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #3: An educator honestly fulfillsreporting obligations associated with professionalpractices.
  45. 45. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The educator did in fact falsify his employmentapplication as alleged.Resolution: The State Board ordered that the educator’slicense be Permanently Revoked.
  46. 46. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: A superintendent allegedly failed to make requiredreports to the appropriate agency or agencies. Additionally, he allegedly allowed employeesdirectly under his supervision to accumulateexcessive amounts of overtime pay, with that payat times equaling approximately 75% of thatperson’s pay, and that he transferred funds totaling$1,400,000.00 from the district’s reserve fund intothe operations account, without formal boardapproval.
  47. 47. Allegations and ResolutionsStandards Alleged Violated:Standard #3: An educator honestly fulfillsreporting obligations associated with professionalpractices.Standard #4: An educator entrusted with publicfunds and property honors that trust withhonest, responsible stewardship.
  48. 48. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation determined that the educator failedto make required reports and that he allowedemployees under his supervision to accumulateexcessive overtime. Additionally, the educator didtransfer funds from the reserve account to theoperations account. The PLSB Subcommittee foundReasonable Belief that Standard 3 was violated andthat Standard 4 was violated in the paying ofexcessive overtime, but not in the transferring offunds from the reserve account.Resolution: The State Board placed the educator’s license onProbation for a period of 2 years and assessed a fineof $75.00.
  49. 49. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly collected money fromstudents for dues and for prom, which she failed todeposit, she further failed to deposit moneycollected from a fundraiser, and personally spentmoney from those funds ($4,770.50) notdeposited.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #4: An educator entrusted with publicfunds and property honors that trust withhonest, responsible stewardship.
  50. 50. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation.Resolution: The State Board placed the educator’s license onProbation for a period of 1 year and assessed afine of $75.00.
  51. 51. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly placed a school owned flipvideo recorder, which was issued to him for use inthe classroom, in the one-stall, teacher bathroomin the middle school workroom in order to digitallyrecord persons using the toilet, resulting, at aminimum, in the actual recording of anothereducator using the toilet.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #4: An educator entrusted with publicfunds and property honors that trust withhonest, responsible stewardship.
  52. 52. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation revealed the allegation to betrue.Resolution: The State Board Permanently Revoked theeducator’s license.
  53. 53. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly accessed pornographicmaterial on his classroom computer, in thepresence of, and in view of some of his students inthe classroom.Standards Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.Standard #4: An educator entrusted with publicfunds and property honors that trust withhonest, responsible stewardship.
  54. 54. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation confirmed that students sitting ata table nearest the educators desk saw what theybelieved was pornography, went behind a shelfbehind his desk, peered through the shelf and sawpornographic images. After class, one of thestudents accessed the computer’s internet historyand discovered the sites accessed.Resolution:The State Board suspended the educator’s license fora period of 2 years and assessed a $100.00 fine.
  55. 55. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: An educator allegedly, among other allegedviolations, also used her school computer and herknowledge of the bid amount submitted by a friendand associate to create false bids on bogusbusinesses in amounts greater than those of thefriend and associate, so that the friend and associatewas awarded multiple contracts at the school.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #5: An educator maintains integrityregarding the acceptance of anygratuity, gift, compensation or favor that might impair orappear to influence professional decisions or actions andshall refrain from using the educator’s position forpersonal gain.
  56. 56. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: This Standard, as well as others, were violated bythe educator.Resolution: The State Board Suspended the educator’s licensefor 5 years and assessed a $100.00 fine.
  57. 57. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: Two educators were named in the same allegation.The first allegedly took secure test (ELDA) materialshome, and then gave them to another educator to bereturned to the school. The second educatorallegedly took the materials from the first, left themunsecured in her classroom, and gave them to astudent to take to the testing coordinator, resulting inthe materials being lost.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #6: An educator keeps in confidence securestandardized test material as well as information aboutstudents and colleagues obtained in the course ofprofessional service unless disclosure serves aprofessional purpose or is allowed by law.
  58. 58. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The first educator took the materials home, notrealizing they were secure testing materials, becauseshe had not finished and needed to complete theevaluations and was starting maternity leave. Shemet the second educator at a restaurant and gave thematerials to her. The second educator left thematerials in her classroom unsecured and gave themto a student to take to the testingcoordinator, resulting in the materials being lost.Resolution: Both educators received Letters of Caution from thePLSB Subcommittee.
  59. 59. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly, while administering the IowaTest of Basic Skills, restated questions to assiststudents understand questions better, did not followtime allotments for the math portion, taught lessonsrelated to the test section immediately before thatportion, assisted students during testing, and lookedahead in the administration manual and took notes.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #6: An educator keeps in confidence securestandardized test material as well as information aboutstudents and colleagues obtained in the course ofprofessional service unless disclosure serves aprofessional purpose or is allowed by law.
  60. 60. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated that the educatordid not follow time allotments, taught lessons tothe upcoming test section, and looked ahead in theadministration manual and took notes. It did notsubstantiate that she restated questions during thetest or assisted students.Resolution: The State Board issued the educator a WrittenReprimand and assessed a $50.00 fine.
  61. 61. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly informed students in two ofher classes that a student had been diagnosed withCystic Fibrosis, that she asked the studentquestions during a class he was attending, despitehaving talked privately with him on an earlieroccasion, during which he advised that he did notwant other students to know of his diagnosis, anddespite his father having told school personnel atthe student’s 504 plan development that they didnot have permission to discuss the student’sdiagnosis in any way.
  62. 62. Allegations and ResolutionsStandard Alleged Violated:Standard #6: An educator keeps in confidence securestandardized test material as well as information aboutstudents and colleagues obtained in the course ofprofessional service unless disclosure serves a professionalpurpose or is allowed by law.
  63. 63. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation.Resolution: The State Board issued the educator a WrittenReprimand and assessed a $50.00 fine.
  64. 64. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly, while on school premisesduring regular work hours, including while she wasin the classroom, was under the influence ofalcohol.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #7: An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under the influence ofalcohol, tobacco, or unauthorized drugs while onschool premises or at school-sponsored activitiesinvolving students.
  65. 65. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation.Resolution: The State Board placed the educator’s license onprobation for 5 years, assessed a $75.00fine, required the educator to continue treatmentwith Alcoholics Anonymous, and to submitquarterly reports of her attendance (sign-insheets).
  66. 66. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator allegedly, on more than oneoccasion, entered the nurse’s station, removed akey from the nurse’s drawer, unlocked themedicine cabinet, and took Ritalin pills from astudent’s prescription bottle.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #7: An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under the influence ofalcohol, tobacco, or unauthorized drugs while onschool premises or at school-sponsored activitiesinvolving students.
  67. 67. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation, andproduced information that the educator had alsoaccessed the school building and nurse’s officeafter hours to retrieve the drugs.Resolution: The State Board placed the educator’s license onprobation for 3 years, assessed a $75.00 fine, andrequired the educator to submit the results of drugtesting through a therapy program.
  68. 68. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator was alleged to have used tobaccoproducts (smokeless tobacco) while on schoolpremises and at school sponsored events.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #7: An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under the influence ofalcohol, tobacco, or unauthorized drugs while onschool premises or at school-sponsored activitiesinvolving students.
  69. 69. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated theallegation, revealing that the educator had usedthe tobacco in his own office at school, but did notsubstantiate that he had used it elsewhere onschool premises or at school-sponsored events.Resolution: The State Board issued the educator a WrittenWarning.
  70. 70. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation: The educator was alleged to have “huffed” graffiticleaner in the classroom during class, seven oreight times during one class period, in thepresence of students.Standard Alleged Violated:Standard #7: An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under the influence ofalcohol, tobacco, or unauthorized drugs while onschool premises or at school-sponsored activitiesinvolving students.
  71. 71. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegation, revealingthat the educator hid behind a partition and inhaled thegraffiti cleaner, which the students could hear her doingand they could smell the fumes. One student called theSchool Resource Officer, who responded and ultimatelyarrested the educator.Resolution: The State Board Suspended the educators license for aperiod of 2 years and assessed a fine of $100.00.
  72. 72. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation:The educator was alleged to have: Left her students unattended in the classroom, on asidewalk outside, and in other locations, on multipleoccasions; Been arrested for shoplifting, and at the time, 3students from her school were with her; Been sent home more than once because she wasunintelligible, non-compliant, and not fulfilling herduties in the classroom; Been unaware of ongoing activities in the school, toinclude matters of professional development;
  73. 73. Allegations and ResolutionsAllegation (continued):The educator was alleged to have: Failed to perform her duties on a regular basis; Failed to complete Developmental ReadingAssessments (DRAs); Failed to complete Dynamic Indicators of Basic EarlyLiteracy Skills (Dibels); Failed to complete report cards; Had her mother and a student’s parent organize herpermanent records; and, Been under the influence of alcohol or some othersubstance on more than one occasion, causing her tobe sent home.
  74. 74. Allegations and ResolutionsStandards Alleged Violated:Standard #1: An educator maintains a professionalrelationship with each student, both in and outsidethe classroom.Standard #2: An educator maintains competenceregarding skills, knowledge, and dispositions relatingto his/her organizational position, subjectmatter, and/or pedagogical practice.Standard #3: An educator honestly fulfillsreporting obligations associated with professionalpractices.
  75. 75. Allegations and ResolutionsStandards Alleged Violated (continued)Standard #6: An educator keeps in confidencesecure standardized test material as well asinformation about students and colleagues obtainedin the course of professional service unless disclosureserves a professional purpose or is allowed by law.Standard #7: An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under the influence ofalcohol, tobacco, or unauthorized drugs while onschool premises or at school-sponsored activitiesinvolving students.
  76. 76. Allegations and ResolutionsInvestigation revealed: The investigation substantiated the allegations.The PLSB Subcommittee found Reasonable Beliefthat the educator violated Standards 1, 3, 6, and7.Resolution: The State Board Permanently Revoked theeducator’s license.
  77. 77. Please realize that all of thefacts and evidencegathered during theinvestigation as well as thedialogue which occurredamong the members of theEthics Sub-Committee withthe Investigators arenot presented on theseslides.All cases presented havebeen before the State Boardof Education and are closed.
  78. 78. Revisions to the Standards ofConductRevisions to three of the Standards becameeffective on July 15, 2012 and will apply tothe investigation of cases for which thealleged violations occurred after that date.Those revisions were proposed by the PLSBbased on cases which were considered bythe PLSB Subcommittee.
  79. 79. Revisions to the Standards ofConductStandard 4Old Standard 4: An educator entrusted withpublic funds and property honors that trustwith honest, responsible stewardship.New Standard 4: An educator entrusted withpublic funds and property, including schoolsponsored activity funds, honors thattrust with honest, responsible stewardship.
  80. 80. Revisions to the Standards ofConductStandard 6Old Standard 6:An educator keeps in confidencesecure standardized test material as well asinformation about students and colleaguesobtained in the course of professional serviceunless disclosure serves a professional purposeor is allowed by law.New Standard 6: An educator keeps inconfidence information about students andcolleagues obtained in the course of professionalservice, including secure standardized testmaterials and results, unless disclosure servesa professional purpose or is allowed by law.
  81. 81. Revisions to the Standards ofConductStandard 7Old Standard 7:An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under theinfluence of alcohol, tobacco, or unauthorizeddrugs while on school premises or at school-sponsored activities involving students.New Standard 7: An educator refrains fromusing, possessing and/or being under theinfluence of alcohol, tobacco, or unauthorizeddrugs or substances while on school premisesor at school-sponsored activities involvingstudents.
  82. 82. Thank you for impacting ourstudent’s lives.
  83. 83. CONTACT INFORMATION Eric R. James, Investigator Arkansas Department of Education Professional Licensure Standards Board #4 Capitol Mall, Box 30 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 Telephone: 501-682-3777 Work Cell Phone 501-529-6929 Fax: 501-682-3781 Eric.James@arkansas.gov

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