In order to teach in a public or charter school in the state of Florida, a teacher needs a certification from the Florida Department of Education.
What can put a Florida teaching certification at risk?
If a school believes that teacher committed an act that violates professional or ethical obligations, they could trigger an investigation by the Florida Department of Education. The result of such an investigation could include disciplinary action up to and including revoking of the teacher’s certificate.
Can a teacher defend themselves in a Florida Department of Education Investigation or Hearing?
Yes – but it is not recommended. Investigations and hearings by the FLDOE are serious. I have heard countless stories of teachers trying represent themselves, only to wind up in bad situations. A teaching certificate is a teacher’s livelihood, and they should hire an experienced teacher defense attorney to help them.
Can any lawyer help a teacher facing FLDOE discipline?
If a teacher is looking to hire an attorney to defend them in an FLDOE action, they need to hire an experienced attorney who knows what they are doing.
How do I know if a Florida teacher defense lawyer is experienced?
You can ask the following questions in a consultation:
1. How long has the attorney been practicing law? Are they an experienced attorney or new to practicing law?
2. How many cases have they handled with the Florida Department of Education? Many of these cases wind up being negotiated and if your attorney does not have the experience or know the other actors at the Florida Department of Education you are at a disadvantage.
3. When you speak to the attorney, do they seem to understand the process? Can they explain to you how the Florida Department of Education investigation process works? Can they speak to you about prior similar cases or results they obtained for their clients?
4. Does the attorney have any reviews from other Florida teachers demonstrating that they actually have positive experience and outcomes in these types of cases?
Can you defend me in a FLDOE investigation or hearing?
Yes. I have represented hundreds of teachers in several types of FLDOE actions. An investigation by the Florida Department of Education is a very serious matter that can have very real consequences for an educator. Do not go it alone. Hire an experienced FLDOE defense attorney. The stakes are simply too high.
Richard Asselta is an experienced FLDOE defense attorney. Call today for a free consultation. (855) 338-5299.