Thursday, February 13, 2014

CUSD School Board: Ethics Abandoned

In the board policy of Calaveras Unified you will find a Code of Ethics for the education professional. The code of ethics applies to all teachers and education professionals--those who are role models and leaders to the students of CUSD. These are high ethical standards and are not to be taken lightly. As we already know, honesty and integrity are the foundational pillars of personal character and strength. As parents, we long to have our children seek (and to find) these highly valued traits.

Furthermore, if we expect our teachers (and children) to value these traits, we should also expect our school board trustees to uphold and esteem these very same traits; as they are the leaders and role models in our educational community.

Bullying in the Board Room
Letter to the Editor by Darren Spellman 12-21-13

CUSD board member feels harassed
Calaveras Enterprise 11-22-13
by Stephen Crane


E 4119.21 (a)
The educator, believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the
supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, and the nurturing of
democratic principles. Essential to these goals is the protection of freedom to learn and
to teach and the guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all. The educator
accepts the responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards.

The educator recognizes the magnitude of the responsibility inherent in the teaching
process. The desire for the respect and confidence of one's colleagues, of students, of
parents, and of the members of the community provides the incentive to attain and
maintain the highest possible degree of ethical conduct. The Code of Ethics of the
Education Profession indicates the aspiration of all educators and provides standards by
which to judge conduct.

Principle II. Commitment to the Profession 
The education profession is vested by the public with a trust and responsibility requiring
the highest ideals of professional service.

In the belief that the quality of the services of the education profession directly influences
the nation and its citizens, the educator shall exert every effort to raise professional
standards, to promote a climate that encourages the exercise of professional judgment,
to achieve conditions that attract persons worthy of the trust to careers in education, and
to assist in preventing the practice of the profession by unqualified persons.
In fulfillment of the obligation of the profession, the educator:

1. Shall not in any application for a professional position deliberately make a false statement or fail to disclose a material fact related to competency and qualifications 

2. Shall not misrepresent his/her professional qualifications 

3. Shall not assist any entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attribute

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