Under the Act, the
Department is authorized to investigate and prosecute cases of misconduct
involving immorality, negligence, intemperance, incompetency, cruelty,
sexual misconduct, sexual abuse or
exploitation, violations of the Code for Professional
Practice and Conduct, illegal use of professional title,
failure to comply with duties under the Act
including the mandatory reporting duties, and actions taken to threaten, coerce or discriminate or otherwise
retaliate against an individual who files a complaint or participates in a
disciplinary proceeding in good faith.
In addition the Act
empowers the Commission to revoke the certification and employment eligibility
of any educator who has been convicted of a crime set forth in section 111(e)(1)
through (3) of the Public School Code or a crime involving moral turpitude.
relate to a specific educator and not to a school system in general. Some complaints may be resolved more
appropriately at the local level and we encourage you to raise your concerns
with the educator and/or administration.
For example, complaints dealing with teaching style, discretionary
decisions and/or curriculum choices typically do not fall within the purview of
the educator discipline system under the Act.