Employee Participation in Political Activities

Any employee of the Board of Education is entitled to participate in political activities to the same extent as citizens generally and to become a candidate for appointment or for nomination and election to public office.

The employee’s participation in such political activities or the attempts to obtain appointment or nomination and election to public office shall be conducted by the employee in such a manner as not to interfere with his/her duties as an employee of the Board of Education.

Employees shall not participate in the management of school board election campaigns for the election or defeat of members of the Board of Education of the St. Louis Public Schools. Any employee who violates the provisions of this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal.

Partisan political activities of employees within the school day are sanctioned so long as they satisfy at least the following criteria:

1. There is no conflict of interest on the part of that employee or of the employees involved.

2. The professional relationship of the teacher with the learner is not damaged.

3. The code of ethics of the employee group is not violated.

4. No clear and present danger to the school system itself is evidenced.

Employee Participation in Political Activities (continued) R4855

The board encourages employees to exercise full rights of citizenship in the community during off-duty hours.


Legal: The United States Constitution, Amendment I
Section 168.130 RSMo.

Regulation approved: June 26, 1990

Revised: January 12, 1999

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