Florida Education Practices Commission: Role & Authority

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Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What happens when a teacher in Florida breaks the rules? Of course, it depends on the offense, but the Florida Education Practices Commission may get involved. This lesson will discuss the role of the Education Practices Commission in Florida.

Education Practices Commission

The state of Florida is filled with sunshine, sand, and countless theme parks. It's also a state with over 300,000 licensed teachers. That's a lot of teachers, isn't it? Whose job is it to make sure that they're doing the right things in the classroom?

Well, licensure in the state means that teachers agree to adhere to the principles of professional conduct and the code of ethics for educators published by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). These are standards for ethical and appropriate behavior for teachers in the state of Florida.

So what happens when a teacher violates these standards? That's where the Education Practices Commission (EPC) in Florida comes in. This group is a quasi-judicial board made up of law enforcement, educators, and laypeople, and it determines an appropriate punishment for licensed educators. Now that we know what the Florida EPC is, let's look at what they do.

Role of the Commission

Let's imagine that we have a teacher who is accused of inappropriate physical contact with a student. The punishment process will begin with the filing of a complaint. This will usually be filed with the principal of the teacher's school.

The principal, along with the office of human resources, and possibly the police if there's a reason to believe that a crime has occurred, will review the facts. If there are indications that the teacher may be at fault, the case is passed along to the state's Office of Professional Practices Services, who will gather and review the evidence to pass along to the Commissioner of Education.

This is where the EPC comes in. If the commissioner determines that punishment is warranted, the case is passed along to the Education Practices Commission. Their role is to decide on the actual punishment that the teacher will receive. This may include written reprimands, probation, suspension, fines, and possibly revocation of the license to teach in the state of Florida.

Now we understand the role of the Education Practices Commission in Florida. Let's take a closer look at the authority with which they operate.

Authority of the Organization

Let's revisit the previously mentioned example of the teacher accused of inappropriate physical contact with a student. Let's assume that the Commissioner of Education has recommended that the teacher be punished. The case is then sent to the EPC for enforcement.

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