Posts Tagged ‘Law’

Are Educators Above the Law?

A few years ago when Alpine School District floated it’s last bond, there were a number of election law violations which were filed with the appropriate authorities. These included passing out yard signs during taxpayer funded work days, and staff putting up yard signs during work days while on the public dime. Nothing ever came of it.

During the voucher fight, a Powerpoint presentation was circulating that was against the voucher issue. It had file properties showing it was produced on Cache School District computers and was up to 11 hours of editing time. When that was given to the State Attorney General’s office, I followed up with one of the attorneys to see how they were moving on this and was told, “it’s not popular to go after educators.”

This election, Alpine School District personnel again violated the law as can be seen in this picture of Lone Peak High School’s website clearly showing they told voters how to vote. As of this moment it is up on Lone Peak’s website.

Lone Peak High School, ASD Election Violation

 

Here are the relevant Utah laws someone sent me.

20A-11-1203
(1) Unless specifically required by law, a public entity may not make an expenditure from public funds for political purposes or to influence a ballot proposition.

20A-11-1204
Each public official who violates this part is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

Are educators above the law? Should educators be held to a higher or lesser standard when they are modeling behavior for impressionable children? Will anyone in the justice system enforce these laws?

Sadly, probably not. Bad behavior continues and is emboldened when the law isn’t enforced. One charge would reverberate through the education community and warn them not to engage in politicking on the public dime.

(This is not intended to implicate all educators. Most are just fine and respect the law. It’s just a few that need to have more than a hand slap)