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NC Teach March 6. North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards. Standard I Teachers Demonstrate Leadership Teachers demonstrate high ethical standards including honesty, integrity, fair treatment, and respect for others.

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NC TeachMarch 6

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North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards

  • Standard I

    Teachers Demonstrate Leadership

    • Teachers demonstrate high ethical standards including honesty, integrity, fair treatment, and respect for others.

    • Teachers uphold the Code of Ethics and the Standards of Professional Conduct.

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Standards of Professional Conduct

Violations of these standards shall subject an educator to investigation and disciplinary action by the SBE or LEA

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Generally recognized standards:

  • The educator shall practice standards of federal, state, and local governing bodies.

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Personal Conduct

  • Positive Role Model

  • Demonstrate high standard of personal character and conduct

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  • Teacher shall NOT engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation in performance of professional duties

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Conduct With Students

  • Treat all students with respect

  • Not commit any abusive act or sexual exploitation with, to, or in the presence of a student including:

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Conduct with Students (cont.)

  • Use of language that is profane, vulgar, or demeaning

  • Any sexual act

  • Any solicitation of a sexual act (written, verbal, or physical)

  • Any act of child abuse

  • Any act of sexual harassment

  • Any intentional solicitation, encouragement, or consummation of a romantic or physical relationship with a student (the term romantic relationship shall include dating any student)

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Confidential Information

  • Keep in confidence personally identifiable information regarding students or their family members

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Rights of Others

  • Will not willfully or maliciously violate constitutional or civil rights of a student or parent / guardian, or colleague

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Confidential Information

  • Keep in confidence personally identifiable information regarding students or their family members that has been obtained in the course of professional service, unless disclosure is required or permitted by law or is necessary for the personal safety of the student or others.

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Required Reports

  • Make all reports required by Chapter 115-C in North Carolina General Statutes.

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Alcohol or controlled substance abuse

  • Not be under the influence of, possess, use, or consume on school premises or at a school sponsored activity a controlled substance (without a prescription authorizing such use.

  • Not be under the influence of, use, or consume an alcoholic beverage or controlled substance on school premises or at a school sponsored activity involving students

  • Not furnish alcohol or controlled substance to any student (*medications dispensed at school)

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  • Compliance with criminal laws

  • Public Funds and property

  • Shall not perform any act as an employee during the time the license has been revoked or suspended.

  • Conduct related to ethical violations

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Who governs public schools?

  • Federal Approx. 7%

  • State Approx. 48%

  • Local Approx. 45%

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Who finances public schools?

  • Federal

  • State

  • Local

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  • U.S Department of Education


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State of North Carolina

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction

  • State Board of Education

  • State Department of Public Instruction

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Local School District

  • District School Board

  • Superintendent

  • Assistant Superintendents

  • Central Office Staff

  • Principals

  • Assistant Principals

  • Teachers

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Assignment # 1

  • Go to:


  • Under General Statutes click on 115C

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Assignment: Answer the following questions:

I. Read through 115C-47 : Powers and duties of Local Board of Education

What do you think are the 5 powers that have been the most newsworthy and / or controversial in the past year in NC?

II. Review 115C-105.27: Development and approval of a School Improvement Plan

  • What is the purpose of a SIP?

  • List the strategies that must be included in the SIP.

  • Who makes up the School Improvement Team at an individual school?

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Assignment (cont.)

  • Read 115C-325

    What are the grounds for dismissal or demotion of a career teacher?

    Value: 10/100 points

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Legal Aspects of Education

First Amendment

Freedom of religion, speech, press, and assembly

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2 Clauses in the First Amendment that are often cited in lawsuits

  • Establishment Clause

    • Prohibits the establishment of government-sanctioned religion

    • Landmark Case:

      • Engle v Vitale (1962)

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Engle v Vitale lawsuits

  • Case:

  • Ruling by Supreme Court

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2 Clauses in the 1 lawsuitsst Amendment often cited in Law Suits

  • Free Exercise Clause

    • Protects the rights of free speech and expression

    • Landmark Case

      • Tinker v Des Moines (1969)

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Tinker v Des Moines lawsuits

  • Case:

  • Supreme Court Ruling

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14th Amendment lawsuits

  • Requires due process and equal protection

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14 Amendment lawsuits

  • Two clauses often cited in lawsuits

    • Due Process

      • Landmark Case

        • Goss v Lopez (1975)

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Goss v Lopez lawsuits

  • Case

  • Ruling by Supreme Court

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Two Clauses of the 14 lawsuitsth Amendment cited in Lawsuits

  • Equal Protection Clause

    • Landmark case

      • Brown v Board of Education (1954)

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Brown v Board of Education lawsuits

  • Case

  • Ruling by Supreme Court

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Other Landmark Cases lawsuits

  • Ingraham v Wright (1977)

  • New Jersey v TLO (1985)

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Assignment lawsuits

Research a school or district legal case.

Some sample topics:

  • School Prayer

  • School Funding

  • Pledge of Allegiance

  • Negligence

  • NCLB

  • Corporal Punishment

  • Discrimination

  • Others

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Format lawsuits

  • Issue Researched

  • Case Name / Date

  • Summary of Case

  • Decision (by court/judge)



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Assignment Due lawsuits

  • No later than Monday, March 15

  • Submit via Task Stream Attachment

  • Value 10 / 100 points