The Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board or Board of School Administrators that has jurisdiction over your teacher’s license can revoke, suspend or refuse to renew your license when a written complaint against you meets certain conditions. A school board, teacher organization or another interested person may initiate the process by making a written complaint.
Under what conditions can your license be legally suspended, revoked or non-renewed?
Grounds for suspension or revocation
The accusers must specify the character and nature of their accusations in writing. To be grounds for suspension or revocation the charges must fall into one of six categories:
- Immoral conduct or character
- Willful neglect of duty or gross inefficiency
- Misrepresentation or fraud in obtaining a license
- Failure to teach for the term of your contract without justifiable cause
- Failure to meet licensure requirements
- Violation of the code of ethics for Minnesota teachers
Additionally, the board may revoke your license without a hearing if you receive a conviction for child abuse, sex trafficking or other offenses involving predatory behavior with children.
Right to appeal
Minnesota statute grants you the right to appeal a license denial or non-renewal by submitting a written request to the board within 30 days of the date of the denial. After receiving your request, the board will hold a hearing and make its final decision.
An unjustly revoked, suspended or non-renewed teacher’s license can severely impact the career of any teacher. However, Minnesota statute ensures that you have a right to defend yourself and appeal any decision by the board.