Probation Status for MN teachers ("non-tenured")
- New teachers will have three yearly observations by principal or assoc. principal.
- New teachers will be probation status until they sign their fourth contract, (complete year 3).
- School districts have the right to release probation staff at any time and without reason.
- If released, it is not recommended that probation staff ask for reasons, as those reasons could become public information.
- Probation staff have due process rights. At any discipline meeting or investigation, members may request union representation and have access to legal help at the state level, if needed.
- If probation staff have taught in a different school district before moving to another district, (in MN), they will have one year of probation status instead of three.
Continuing Contract Status for MN teachers ("tenured")
- Upon continuing contract, staff do not have to sign a new contract each year, hence the name "continuing contract".
- If continuing contract staff are being proposed for discipline or termination, the district has to provide due process and a reason for termination and members may request union representation.
Code of Ethics
for Minnesota Teachers
Standards of Professional Conduct*
- A teacher shall provide professional educational services in a nondiscriminatory manner.
- A teacher shall make reasonable effort to protect the student from conditions harmful to health and safety.
- 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.
- A teacher shall take reasonable disciplinary action in exercising the authority to provide an atmosphere conducive to learning.
- A teacher shall not use professional relationships with students, parents, and colleagues to private advantage.
- A teacher shall delegate authority for teaching responsibilities only to licensed personnel.
- A teacher shall not deliberately suppress or distort subject matter.
- A teacher shall not knowingly falsify or misrepresent records or facts relating to that teacher's own qualifications or to other teachers' qualifications.
- A teacher shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about students or colleagues.
- A teacher shall accept a contract for a teaching position that requires licensing only if properly or provisionally licensed for that position.
* Excerpted from chapter 9, sec. 3.130, of the Minnesota Code.