Membership in the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators requires a commitment to maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct, to uphold the highest standards of ethical behavior, and to provide competent professional leadership to the local school districts of Arkansas. Therefore, the Arkansas Association of Education Administrators endorses the following Code of Ethics.
I. The school administrator strives to make the success of students the fundamental basis of all decision-making and actions.
A. The school administrator will seek to provide equitable educational opportunities and experiences for all pupils based on their needs and abilities.
B. The school administrator will inform his/her immediate supervisor of deficiencies in educational service and provide leadership in seeking improvements.
C. The school administrator will seek to employ the best qualified personnel, using fair and objective standards.
D. The school administrator will involve stakeholders in educational decisions when implementation of the decisions affects them.
II. The school administrator fulfills all professional responsibilities with honesty and integrity.
A. The school administrator will be truthful and maintain integrity in every aspect of his/her professional life.
B. The school administrator will constantly uphold the honor and dignity of his/her profession in all actions and relations with pupils, colleagues, board of education members and the public.
C. The school administrator will not make untrue or derogatory statements about other colleagues or school systems.
D. The school administrator will not make public statements or communications that knowingly contain false or misleading information in order to further his/her professional status.
III. The school administrator supports the principles of constitutionalism and due process and seeks to protect the civil rights of individuals.
A. The school administrator will ensure that students and staff will not be disciplined or deprived of their rights without an opportunity for a fair hearing.
B. The school administrator will ensure that parents and other community representatives retain their right to be heard and their concerns shall be given respectful consideration.
C. The school administrator will apply rules and regulations objectively, consistently, and impartially.
IV. The school administrator obeys local, state, and federal laws and supports the orderly and constitutional processes of change.
A. The school administrator will adhere to high ethical and moral standards as a citizen and as an educator.
B. The school administrator will express his/her views on the propriety or justice of specific laws when appropriate.
C. The school administrator will not withhold evidence in a legal proceeding nor knowingly shield violators of the law.
V. The school administrator implements in good faith all school board policies and administrative rules and regulations.
A. The school administrator will consistently implement the policies and procedures adopted by the board of directors.
B. The school administrator will support board and staff members in a professional manner.
C. The school administrator will not publicly criticize board or staff members.
VI. The school administrator seeks changes in state and local laws, policies, and regulations that are not consistent with sound educational policy and professional practice.
A. The school administrator will encourage, support and promote legislation, policies, and regulations that will improve schools.
B. The school administrator will oppose legislation that is deemed harmful to the best interests of schools.
C. The school administrator, acting as a professional educator and as a citizen, will articulate his/her judgment on public policy issues notwithstanding the positions of professional or educational organizations or agencies.
VII. The school administrator does not improperly use his/her position or influence for personal or economic gain.
A. The school administrator will not profit in any direct or material way through influence in the selection of goods or services.
B. The school administrator will not engage in personal business ventures that interfere with the responsibilities of the position.
C. The school administrator will not show favoritism in recommending for employment a relative who is not properly qualified for the position.
VIII. The school administrator accepts academic degrees or professional certification only from duly accredited institutions.
IX. The school administrator maintains high standards and seeks to improve his/her effectiveness through research and continuing professional development.
A. The school administrator will meet requirements for certification by the state.
B. The school administrator will attend and encourage all staff to participate in professional growth activities.
C. The school administrator will seek out best practices and relevant research to apply to his/her local program.
D. The school administrator will support his/her professional organizations.
X. The school administrator honors all contracts until fulfillment or release.
A. The school administrator will honor his/her contract obligations and not enter into a new contract without satisfying commitments made or securing a contractual release.
B. The school administrator will not knowingly misrepresent himself/herself or others in seeking a position in public education.
C. The school administrator will not seek or accept any position where this Code of Ethics must be compromised or abandoned.