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Ensuring Due Process and Building the File
Ensuring due process and building the file

Nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

—Due process clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

As we discussed previously, navigating through the due process procedures to dismiss a marginal or incompetent teacher is difficult (see Chapter 9, Figure 9.2). It is filled with legal and procedural potholes. The good news is that all of these can be avoided. The key is to develop expert documentation fully compatible with the state laws, the relevant district policies, and the negotiated agreement. Keeping faith in the conviction that only competent teachers should be in the schools is absolutely crucial.

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