FLORIDA TEACHER LICENSE DEFENSE LAWYERS
Teachers in Florida must all be certified by the Florida Board of Education. If a teacher violates a Board policy, they can not only face termination from their employment, but the Board can take action against teaching certificates.
Before disciplining teaches and potentially revoking a teaching certification, the Board of Education must follow certain procedures and give teachers opportunities to defend themselves. The following is a brief outline of the process that must be followed:
- A complain is filed alleging misconduct by a teacher. Misconduct can include violations of the Principles of Professional Conduct (include hyperlink) such as physical violence involving students, misuse of school funds, and not following testing procedures. It may also include off-campus conduct that are in violation of Florida Statutes such as an arrest or drug usage.
- Once a complaint is filed, a Board of Education employee is assigned to determine if the complaint is legall sufficient.
- If the complaint is determined to be legally sufficient, then an investigator is assigned. The investigator collects statements, videos, and other evidence to support the allegations. At this point in the process, the teacher has the opportunity to provide a statement. An attorney can help gather evidence on behalf of the teacher, assist in writing the statement, and communicating with the investigator to help guide the fact-finding process.
- After the investigation, the results are reviewed by the Department of Education. Their attorneys and the Commissioner of Education make a recommendation as to what, if any penalties, should be imposed.
- Penalties can range from a reprimand, fine, additional education, or probationary period, all the way up to suspension or revocation of a teaching certificate.
Attorneys can help guarantee that not only do you get the full benefit of your due process rights, but that the best possible information, arguments and mitigation are presented on your behalf to protect your license.