The legality of teacher dismissals for immorality

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Leonard Hassel Simmons (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Dwight F. Clark

Abstract: Most states list immorality as a statutory cause for teacher dismissal. Under the authority of state statutes, school boards are the legal agents in employing teachers and in determining what conduct constitutes immorality as a basis for dismissal. Due to the fact that immorality is a nebulous term, much debate and litigation centers around the lack of a common conception of the term. Teachers have challenged the right of school boards to judge their morality and to discipline teachers accordingly. And the courts are playing an increasingly prominent role in such matters where constitutional rights are at stake. Data for this study are based primarily on dismissal court cases during the period of 1967 through January 1976. All state statutes were searched to determine statutory provisions for dealing with dismissals and to determine any trend toward amendments in view of recent litigation. Additional data have been collected through a review of the literature and a nation-wide survey of chief state school officers and state attorney generals.

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Language: English
Date: 1976
Teachers $x Legal status, laws, etc.
Teachers $x Dismissal of

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