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Teachers sometimes must Teachers

make crucial decisions that Rights


could affect the rest of their
careers and lives. These Mini-Guide
decisions may need to be
made quickly without an
opportunity to consult with
chapter representatives. This
pamphlet provides general
information about your rights
to assist you in critical
situations. It does not
provide legal advice.

Developed by the
Professional Rights & Responsibilities
A quick reference
Committee of the CTA State Council
2005-06 manual designed to
With the assistance of the help teachers in crisis.
Legal Department
P.O. Box 921, Burlingame, California
650-552-5425
In the classroom teachers have With administrators teachers Concerning parents:
the right to: have the right to:

Suspend students from class Parents are liable for willful


for two days. misconduct of minor children
EC 48910 that causes injury.
Be informed of students EC 48904
violent, criminal, harassing, or
A parent who disrupts a class or
threatening conduct.
school activity is guilty of a
EC 49079
misdemeanor.
Ask what a meetings purpose is
Make the final decision as to
EC 44811
student grades. before attending.
If a parent meeting becomes
EC 49066 Be represented in meetings that
unpleasant, immediately stop and
Be notified within a reasonable might lead to discipline.
demand the attendance of a
time before a parent visits
your classroom. Request unusual directives in union representative or
writing before complying. administrator.
EC 49091.10
Teachers should keep a
Keep accurate and on-going Give no explanations until after
records of student discipline. record of all parent and
consulting with a staff
administrator meetings on
representative.
file at home.
Refuse to submit a written
Teachers have a right to know
statement until after consulting
specific details including the
with a staff representative.
identity of those who make
Remain silent and consult a lawyer complaints against them.
if accused of conduct that could
lead to criminal prosecution.