“Our teachers are professionals,” Johnson said. “They deserve to be treated with respect, and they deserve due process.”
The legislation will allow a teacher to file notice with ODE within 30 days to request a hearing to appeal the letter of admonishment. There would be a public hearing with a three-person panel that would include representatives of the superintendent of public instruction, the Office of Educator Licensure, and the Educator Standards Board. The panel would then make a recommendation to the Ohio Board of Education to remove the letter of admonishment or allow it to remain.
“It is important that teachers have a right to defend themselves,” Representative Johnson said. “This legislation gives them the chance to formally argue their case and ensures that they will not be treated unfairly as they continue on with their careers.”