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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: September 14, 2018 11:04 AM
From: Representative Will Tallman
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation – Creates a Teacher Code of Ethics
I plan to introduce legislation that amends the Public School Code of 1949 to create a code of ethics and professional responsibility for our public K-12 grade school teachers.

Specifically, this code of ethics and professional responsibility proscribes public elementary or secondary schoolteachers while operating within the scope of their employment from endorse, support, or oppose any the following:
  • Candidate or nominee for public office or any local, state, or federal official, regardless of whether such official is elected or appointed;
  • Local, state, or federal legislation or regulation, regardless of whether such legislation or regulation is pending, proposed, or enacted;
  • Local, state, or federal court case or judicial action, regardless of whether such court case or judicial action is pending, proposed, or decided;
  • Pending, proposed, or final executive action by any local, state or federal executive branch agency;
  • Activities that hamper or impede the lawful access of military recruiters to school property;
  • Activities that hamper or impede the actions of a local, state, or federal law enforcement agency;
  • Introduce into class any controversial subject matter that is not germane to the topic of the course being taught; or
  • Advocate for any issue that is part of a political party platform at the national, state, or local Level.

Our K-12 school teachers should not be using their classroom time spent on political or
ideological indoctrination. Doing so takes time away from instruction in the academic foundation subjects of mathematics, science, English, history, and civics, and prevents our students from receiving a high-quality public education for careers in the global, high-tech economy. Teachers in violation of this code will be subject to penalties such as probation, suspension, and loss of their teaching licenses.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Introduced as HB2750