the authority of teachers is essential to creating an environment
conducive to learning, effective instruction in the classroom, and
proper administration of city, parish and other local public schools. To
maintain and protect that authority, it is important that teachers,
administrators, parents and students are fully informed of the various
rights conferred upon teachers. Those rights, the Teacher Bill of
Rights, are established as follows:
- A teacher has
the right to teach free from fear of frivolous lawsuits, including the
right to qualified immunity and to a legal defense, and to
indemnification by the employing school board, pursuant to R.S.
17:416.1(C), 416.4, 416.5 and 416.11, for actions taken in the
performance of duties of the teacher’s employment.
teacher has the right to appropriately discipline students in accordance
with R.S. 17:223 and through 416.6 and any city, parish, or other local
public school board regulation.
- A teacher
has the right to remove any persistently disruptive student from his
classroom when the student’s behavior prevents the orderly instruction
of other students or when the student displays impudent or defiant
behavior and to place the student in the custody of the principal or his
designee pursuant to R.S. 17:416(A)(1)(c).
- A teacher
has the right to have his or her professional judgment and discretion
respected by school and district administrators in any disciplinary
action taken by the teacher in accordance with school and district
policy and with R.S. 17:416(A)(1)(c).
- A teacher has the
right to teach in a safe, secure, and orderly environment that is
conducive to learning and free from recognized dangers or hazards that
are causing or likely to cause serious injury in accordance with R.S.
17:416.9 and 416.6.
- A teacher has the right to be treated with civility and respect as provided in R.S. 17:416.12.
teacher has the right to communicate with and to request the
participation of parents in appropriate student disciplinary decisions
pursuant to R.S. 17:235.1 and 416(A).
- A teacher has the right to be free from excessively burdensome disciplinary paperwork.
beginning teacher has the right to receive leadership and support in
accordance with R.S. 17:3881, including the assignment of a qualified,
experienced mentor who commits to helping him become a competent,
confident professional in the classroom and offers support and
assistance as needed to meet performance standards and professional
*No city, parish or other local public school
board shall establish policies that prevent teachers from exercising the
rights provided herein. The provisions of the Teacher Bill of Rights
shall not be construed to supersede any other state law, BESE Policy, or
city, parish or other local public school board policy enacted or
adopted relative to the discipline of students.