Parents may give gifts to the classroom or the school in accordance with the rules of the school district. A gift that might create such an appearance of a conflict – for example, a $40 bottle of wine given to a teacher who is going to write a college recommendation for a student – must be disclosed, in writing, to the teacher’s appointing authority.A teacher who receives such a gift must keep receipts documenting that the money was used for classroom supplies. A teacher who is offered an end of the year gift worth less than $50 by someone who did not contribute to a class gift may accept it, after confirming by asking that the giver did not contribute to the class gift. A teacher who accepts a gift worth less than $50 from a student or parent during the school year must file a disclosure if she will continue to teach the student during the rest of the year and the gift is valuable enough that it might create an appearance that she would unduly favor the student.A teacher may engage in private political activity using his own or other private resources, and when he is acting for himself and not as an agent or representative of anyone else. 55, restricts the ability of public employees to engage in political fundraising.However, a public employee may not use his public position to engage in political activity. The campaign finance law is enforced by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance ("OCPF"), which can answer questions about fundraising. Question: The school committee in my city has stated that it strongly supports a tax limit override ballot question.
Answer: Yes, provided that you do so without pay, do not fundraise, and do not act as the agent for the campaign in any matter involving your town (such as filing required campaign finance reports).The parents of the students who go on the trip will pay my travel expenses. Answer: Yes, provided that you fill out two disclosure forms, give them to your appointing authority, and obtain prior written approval of what you wish to do.One form must be done before you begin planning the trip, and the other must be done before you travel.If a non-public entity offers to pay for out-of-state travel by a teacher, the teacher may accept only if she first fills out a disclosure form giving details of the anticipated travel, and her appointing authority concludes, in writing and in advance, that the proposed travel will serve a legitimate public purpose.
The regulation creating this exemption is 930 CMR 5.08(2)(d). 11a, which is available at: Question: My town is going to consider a tax limit override ballot question.
Question: I have been invited to attend a conference and the conference organizer has offered to pay my travel expenses. Answer: There is no issue under the conflict of interest law where a teacher’s district pays her travel expenses. 268A, because it is a gift given to the teacher because of her position.