This month's dilemma:
An Accidental Drinking DiscoveryScenario:
A high school coach returning to his small community after the year-end holiday break stops at a restaurant in a neighboring town, where he spots three of his senior basketball players enjoying a beer. These are upstanding students (one is the son of two teachers in the rural district), and it was purely coincidental that the coach stopped there. The students had signed a preseason pledge to not drink during the season – which up to that point was an undefeated season, in a basketball-crazed town. What action should be taken by school or district administrators?Read our panelists' responses here.
Last month's dilemma:
A Confidentiality ConflictScenario:
Eager to boost the school district's image. a superintendent hires a part-time communication consultant who is the education reporter for a small weekly newspaper that covers the schools. The newspaper's publisher warns the reporter about the ethical perception but sanctions the relationship. The district pays her $75 an hour for 150 hours of work over six months. She publicly discloses her consulting agreement only after being called out by a rival news outlet. In her defense, the consultant says she signed a confidentiality agreement with the district at the beginning of the contract, in which she committed not to use information obtained in the performance of duties for any other purpose. Was the district wrong to hire a reporter to concurrently work as a consultant? Read our panelists' responses here.