South Carolina Legislature
South Carolina Legislature

House Amendment 1
H 4280 - Session 125 (2023-2024)
Educator Assistance Act

Current Amendment: 1 to Bill 4280

The Committee on Education and Public Works proposes the following amendment (LC-4280.WAB0001H):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, SECTION 5, by striking Section 59-25-530 and inserting:

 Section 59-25-530.Any teacher who fails to comply with the provisions of his contract without the written consent of the school board  shall be or as provided in Section 59-25-420 is deemed guilty of unprofessional conduct. A breach of contract resulting from the execution of an employment contract with another board within the State without the consent of the board first employing the teacher makes void any subsequent contract with any other school district in South Carolina for the same employment period. Upon the formal complaint of the school board, substantiated by conclusive evidence, the State board shallmay suspend or revoke the teacher's certificate, for a period not to exceed one calendar year. The State Board shall not hear a complaint from a school board pursuant to this section unless it is received within thirty days of the breach. The period for educator certificate suspension due to breach of contract must begin on the date such contract is breached with the district and run for a period of time deemed appropriate by the State Board of Education, not to exceed six months from the date of breach, if the educator is not employed in a certified position by another public school district or public school. If the educator is employed in a certified position by another public school district or public school, the period of suspension may not exceed six months, effective the date of the board's determination. State education agencies in other states with reciprocal certification agreements shall be notified of the revocation of the certificateThe department shall provide notification of the suspension to other state educator licensing authorities.