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HF 23

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 01/10/2019 11:55am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to education; codifying teacher code of ethics in statute and repealing code
of ethics in rule; requiring school district ethics complaints procedures; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.09, subdivision 2; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 122A; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2018,
section 122A.09, subdivision 1; Minnesota Rules, part 8710.2100, subparts 1, 2.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

new text begin [122A.051] CODE OF ETHICS.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Scope. new text end

new text begin Each teacher, upon entering the teaching profession, assumes a
number of obligations, one of which is to adhere to a set of principles that defines professional
conduct. These principles are reflected in the code of ethics, which sets forth to the education
profession and the public it serves standards of professional conduct. This code applies to
all persons licensed according to rules established by the Professional Educator Licensing
and Standards Board.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Standards of professional conduct. new text end

new text begin (a) A teacher must provide professional
education services in a nondiscriminatory manner, including not discriminating on the basis
of political, ideological, or religious beliefs.
new text end

new text begin (b) A teacher must make a reasonable effort to protect students from conditions harmful
to health and safety.
new text end

new text begin (c) In accordance with state and federal laws, a teacher must disclose confidential
information about individuals only when a compelling professional purpose is served or
when required by law.
new text end

new text begin (d) A teacher must take reasonable disciplinary action in exercising the authority to
provide an atmosphere conductive to learning.
new text end

new text begin (e) A teacher must not use professional relationships with students, parents, and
colleagues to personal advantage.
new text end

new text begin (f) A teacher must delegate authority for teaching responsibilities only to licensed
personnel or as otherwise provided by law.
new text end

new text begin (g) A teacher must not deliberately suppress or distort subject matter.
new text end

new text begin (h) A teacher must not knowingly falsify or misrepresent records or facts relating to that
teacher's own qualifications or to other teachers' qualifications.
new text end

new text begin (i) A teacher must not knowingly make false or malicious statements about students or
colleagues.
new text end

new text begin (j) A teacher must accept a contract for a teaching position that requires licensing only
if properly or provisionally licensed for that position.
new text end

new text begin (k) A teacher must not engage in any sexual contact with a student.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.09, subdivision 2, is amended to read:


Subd. 2.

Advise members of profession.

new text begin(a) new text endThe Professional Educator Licensing and
Standards Board must act in an advisory capacity to members of the profession in matters
of interpretation of the code of ethicsnew text begin in section 122A.051new text end.

new text begin (b) The board must develop a process for a school district to receive a written complaint
about a teacher under the code of ethics and forward the complaint to the board. A school
board must inform parents and guardians in the school district of their ability to submit a
complaint to the school board under this section.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day following final enactment.
new text end

Sec. 3. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin (a) new text end new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 122A.09, subdivision 1, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end

new text begin (b) new text end new text begin Minnesota Rules, part 8710.2100, subparts 1 and 2, new text end new text begin are repealed.
new text end

APPENDIX

Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 19-0576

122A.09 DUTIES.

Subdivision 1.

Code of ethics.

The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board must develop by rule a code of ethics covering standards of professional teaching practices, including areas of ethical conduct and professional performance and methods of enforcement.

Repealed Minnesota Rule: 19-0576

8710.2100 CODE OF ETHICS FOR MINNESOTA TEACHERS.

Subpart 1.

Scope.

Each teacher, upon entering the teaching profession, assumes a number of obligations, one of which is to adhere to a set of principles which defines professional conduct. These principles are reflected in the following code of ethics, which sets forth to the education profession and the public it serves standards of professional conduct and procedures for implementation.

This code shall apply to all persons licensed according to rules established by the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board.

Subp. 2.

Standards of professional conduct.

The standards of professional conduct are as follows:

A.

A teacher shall provide professional education services in a nondiscriminatory manner.

B.

A teacher shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to health and safety.

C.

In accordance with state and federal laws, a teacher shall disclose confidential information about individuals only when a compelling professional purpose is served or when required by law.

D.

A teacher shall take reasonable disciplinary action in exercising the authority to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning.

E.

A teacher shall not use professional relationships with students, parents, and colleagues to private advantage.

F.

A teacher shall delegate authority for teaching responsibilities only to licensed personnel.

G.

A teacher shall not deliberately suppress or distort subject matter.

H.

A teacher shall not knowingly falsify or misrepresent records or facts relating to that teacher's own qualifications or to other teachers' qualifications.

I.

A teacher shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about students or colleagues.

J.

A teacher shall accept a contract for a teaching position that requires licensing only if properly or provisionally licensed for that position.