Code of professional ethics and conduct—violations of contractual obligations, 25.3(5)
EDUCATIONAL EXAMINERS BOARD
Adopted and Filed
Rule making related to practitioner contractual obligations
The Educational Examiners Board hereby amends Chapter 25, "Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 272.2.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 272.2(1).
Purpose and Summary
This amendment is intended to clarify the section of the Board's Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics pertaining to violation of contractual obligations. Under the amendment, the Board will not have a legal basis to sanction the license of a practitioner who provides notice requesting release from a contract prior to, in the vast majority of cases, June 30. The Board will also not have a legal basis to sanction an administrator who hires a practitioner under contract at another district or accredited nonpublic school as long as that practitioner provided the required notice within the timeline referred to above.
Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making
Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on December 5, 2018, as ARC 4147C. A public hearing was held on January 2, 2019, at 1 p.m.in Room 3 Southwest, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa. No one attended the public hearing. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.
Adoption of Rule Making
This rule making was adopted by the Board on January 17, 2019.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Board for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 282—Chapter 6.
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
This rule making will become effective on March 20, 2019.
The following rule-making action is adopted:
Amend subrule 25.3(5) as follows:
25.3(5) Standard V—violations of contractual obligations.
a. Violation of this standard includes:
(1)Signing a written professional employment contract while under contract with another school, school district, or area education agency.
(2) (1)Asking a practitioner to sign a written professional employment contract before the practitioner has been unconditionally released from a current contract, unless the practitioner provided notice to the practitioner's employing board as set forth in subparagraph 25.3(5)"b"(2). An administrator shall make a good faith effort to determine whether the practitioner has been released from the current contract.
(3) (2)Abandoning a written professional employment contract without prior unconditional release by the employer.
(4) (3)As an employer, executing a written professional employment contract with a practitioner, which requires the performance of duties that the practitioner is not legally qualified to perform.
(5) (4)As a practitioner, executing a written professional employment contract, which requires the performance of duties that the practitioner is not legally qualified to perform.
b. In addressing complaints based upon contractual obligations, the board shall consider factors beyond the practitioner's control. For purposes of enforcement of this standard, a practitioner will not be found to have abandoned an existing contract if:
(1)The practitioner obtained a release from the employing board before discontinuing services under the contract; or
(2)The practitioner provided notice to the employing board no later than the latest of the following dates:
1.The practitioner's last work day of the school year;
2.The date set for return of the contract as specified in statute; or
[Filed 1/24/19, effective 3/20/19]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 2/13/19.