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With no credentialing board, how can teachers be held accountable?

Pressley Baird
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Q. I noticed the teachers and school administrators in North Carolina do not have a credentialing board. How can someone verify their credentials, see the code of ethics and/or lodge a complaint like other licensed professionals?

A. Teachers in North Carolina must receive a professional educator’s license, issued by the Licensure Section in the state Department of Public Instruction. You can find more information about that division here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/

Teachers must follow a state code of ethics, which can be found here: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/docs/effectiveness-model/ncees/standards/code-of-ethics.pdf

Employees may file a grievance through procedures set forth by their district’s school boards. New Hanover County Schools’ policy can be found here: http://www.nhcs.net/policies/series6000/6450.pdf.

State law says school boards handle complaints from all people through hearings. That law can be found here: http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/HTML/BySection/Chapter_115C/GS_115C-45.html

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