School Administration And The School Board

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Scenario Three
a) What action, if any, should have been taken by the school administration when the local teachers’ association publicly criticized the administration and the school board? Even if they wanted to take action, there is nothing the Skyline School District Board of Education can do about the teachers’ exercising their First Amendment’s rights. Public school teachers, as public employees, are entitled to some First Amendment protections. "The problem in any case is to arrive at a balance between the interests of the teacher, as a citizen, in commenting upon matters of public concern and the interests of the State, as an employer, in promoting the efficiency of the public services it performs through its employees" (Pickering v. Board of Education 1968, in Secunda, 2010). In this case, the teachers were expressing their views and feelings more as citizens than as an employee when they published the open letter in the newspaper. The statements in the letter did not target any school official that the teacher dealt with on a daily basis, and therefore left no reason for the board of education to take any course of action.

b) What is your evaluation of the position taken by Mr. Sullivan in his conference with the principal? In what way would you have acted differently if you had been the principal, during the conference with Mr. Sullivan?
I would acknowledge the fact that Mr. Sullivan took the position where his heavier workload prevented him from maintaining his
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