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New misconduct rules short-circuit due process, teachers charge

New rules implemented by Utah’s state school board allow for a hearing to take place regarding a teacher’s alleged misconduct without notifying the teacher of the charges.

The new license review rules also disallow teachers to cross-examine their accusers.

Many educators, including the state’s largest teachers union, are outraged by the new rules, according to a December 23 report published by the Salt Lake Tribune, contending that the rules are in violation of due process rights, such as the confrontation clause of the 6th Amendment.

According to the report, the Utah Education Association (UEA) has filed suit against the state’s board of education, after the UEA, on multiple occasions, tried to work with the board to rectify the newly implemented, “poorly defined” rules.

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