In most cases, if you want to quit your job, you can — and that's the end of the story. The challenges that inspired your decision to leave your workplace shouldn't be your problem anymore; you should be able to start over again.
If you're a teacher trying to make a career or workplace change in the midst of the current United States teacher shortage, you may not be so lucky. States and school districts across the nation are doubling down on efforts to retain their teachers. The latest strategy involves imposing fines, suspensions, and even revoking the licenses of teachers who allegedly quit their jobs on short notice or break their contracts.
Can States Take Away Teacher Licenses Because They Quit? An Analysis
The short answer is simple: Most states can take away teacher licenses. Or, at least, they can initiate the process. And if they can't, they can set teachers steep fines or otherwise make leaving their jobs extremely difficult.
Critics of this trend note that the teachers leaving are often doing so under duress — in many cases because they are experiencing harassment or threats of physical harm. They also believe that this widespread motion to de-incentivize quitting will backfire.
“You won't have people wanting to come into the profession,” said one education management consultant.
How can states take away licenses? It may depend on your state's specific licensing authority (e.g., your education board). Each state's renewal requirements, disciplinary procedures, and designated consequences for breaching contracts will all play a part in the way a state can trigger or influence license revocation.
What Our Team Can Do For You to Mitigate License-Related Disasters
If you or a loved one is facing license revocation or wants to know precisely what they risk when they leave their teaching job, it's time to talk to the Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm. The regulations and processes surrounding license revocation can be labyrinthine (and the stakes, colossal).
To help you avoid hefty fines and lengthy license reinstatement processes, our team will leverage the following:
- Extensive knowledge of state laws, no matter where you are in the nation
- A passion for protecting your rights throughout the entire license defense process
- Awareness of what's really at stake for you (we won't minimize your fears about your future!)
- Our years of experience building strong defenses, negotiating settlements, and representing teachers in administrative hearings
The Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm is Ready to Help
When you're in a situation where you need to make a career move, and you know you might be penalized for it, you can find yourself facing steep consequences very quickly.
The nationwide Professional License Defense Team at the Lento Law Firm are dedicated to making sure that educators are able to protect their rights (and their licenses) throughout tricky work-related disputes. To seek our assistance, call us today at 888.535.3686 (or contact us online to schedule a consultation).