By: Brittany Flaherty Theis

Communicating and Investigating Allegations of Employee Misconduct – School Districts Have Discretion But Walk a Fine Line

Whitt Law attorney Brian R. Bare was recently interviewed by the NPR station in Bloomington-Normal regarding school district investigations of employee misconduct and the tenured teacher dismissal process.  Parents in that area are reacting to news that a former first-grade teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting two students and was previously investigated for such allegations fourteen years ago.  Mr. Bare provided insight into the restrictions and concerns that school boards and administrators must navigate, which often limit the information that can be made public during an ongoing investigation.


Read the full article by WGLT’s Ryan Denham here:

You can also view the NPR from Illinois State University program when it is rerun tonight at 6:00 pm central.


Mr. Bare is a senior attorney at Whitt Law LLC. Please contact Brian R. Bare if you have questions regarding the handling an allegation of employee misconduct or striking the balance between communicating with the public and protecting privacy rights. Mr. Bare also has experience educating audiences of teachers, administrators, school board members, and attorneys on these and other school law topics. You can contact him for more information regarding in-service speaking engagements and continuing education opportunities.

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