Are there some rules or standards [for handling school funds] that are so important and so obvious that professional educators are expected to know about them and follow them? -Parent
Q: There has been extensive news coverage of coaches and licensed school employees who are accused of misusing school funds or using school money despite school policies to the contrary. Are there some rules or standards that are so important and so obvious that professional educators are expected to know about them and follow them? -Parent
A: Yes. The State Board of Education has passed Professional Educator Standards (R277-515). Also, an Ethics Review is required for all new licensees and all renewing licensees, based on these standards. Utah educators are expected to know about and follow the standards even without further emphasis by their employers or contradictory messages from educators’ supervisors. The Professional Educator Standards can be found at http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-515.htm.
What is UPPAC? UPPAC is a committee of nine educators and two community members charged with maintain and promoting a high standard of professional conduct and ethics among Utah teachers. It is advisory to the Utah State Board of Education in making recommendations regarding educator licensing and may take appropriate disciplinary action regarding educator misconduct.
For more information about UPPAC or to submit your questions to the UPPAC Q&A, contact William Spiegel at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 801-538-7500.