Legal Questions and Answers
Frequently Asked Questions
These are the questions that we get most frequently. If you are looking for general information about tenure, abuse and neglect investigations, or criminal charges, start here.
Civil Lawsuits, Criminal Charges and DFS Proceedings
Non-Renewals, Terminations and Contracts
Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions
Tenure Frequently Asked Questions
Abuse and Neglect
It is an unfortunate fact the education employees are often alleged to have committed abuse or neglect. Fortunately, the vast majority of these allegations are completely false and have few long term repercussions for the employee. Nevertheless, Children's Division investigations are incredibly serious and you should be sure to have all the information you can on how to avoid allegations and what to do when they, almost inevitably, happen.
You've been hotlined—now what?
Reporting child abuse
Common sense rules to prevent false claims of harassment or abuse
Every person has rights guaranteed by the state or U.S. constitution. Find out what those rights are and what you can do to protect them.
Helping you to organize to bargain with your employer is one of our highest goals. Collective bargaining gives public education employees a voice in their salaries, benefits, and working conditions. If you are looking for the best way to exercise influence over your career, this is the information you need.
Not just any bargaining law will do
The Independence decision—What does it mean?
Collective bargaining in plain English
Protecting your rights, preserving your job II
Legal issues related specifically to teachers and teaching. Ranging from employment and contract issues to questions that arise over the content of classes.
Heads up for probationary teachers
'Tis the season for legal questions
What education employees need to know about RIFs
Education Support Professionals
Legal issues related specifically to education support professionals (ESPs). ESPs have unique legal questions and concerns and this can be your first stop to answering them.
Attention bus drivers
These articles relate to various aspects of employment and are generally applicable both to Education Support Professionals and Teachers.
When health-care services become teacher duties
Personnel Records - Keeping your tail intact
Assigning someone to make health-care decisions on your behalf if you cannot
Reminder to MNEA members about investigations
If you are injured on the job, workers' compensation can be your first resource for paying medical bills and other expenses.
Recent case brings new light, more money to district workers' compensation claims
Questions related to student rights, discipline, and legal requirements.
Supreme Court OKs peer grading of student papers
Governor signs modifications to Missouri IDEA statute
Missouri's Safe Schools Act: A Well-Meaning Statute Without an Enforcement Mechanism