- Teacher fired for certain relations with another teacher that others thought was immoral.
- the court ruled that the board should not be able to dismiss educators merely because it disapproved of their personal, private conduct unless the conduct is clearly related to their professional work. According to the court, when a teacher’s job is not affected, private behavior is his or her own business and should not be a basis for discipline.
- “An individual can be removed from the teaching profession only upon a showing that his retention in the profession poses a significant danger of harm to students, school employees, or others who might be affected by his actions as a teacher.”
- This case is significant because it ended the notion that teachers could be dismissed automatically for what their community considers “immoral behavior.”
- State laws now define and limit the term and concept of “immorality,” and whether or not it grants dismissal.