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The state Board of Education next week likely will adopt rules for the new professional licensure and practices board. It will have the authority to look into ethics complaints against school teachers and administrators.

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The Arkansas Education Association is asking the Board not to put the rules into effect immediately. The teachers group, which supported the legislation, would like a little time to familiarize those covered with the new rules. It also would like the 2009 legislature to strengthen the board by giving it subpoena power to compel people to appear at hearings. It also would like to exempt information gathered before a final action of the board to be kept confidential. As a sunshine believer, I can't endorse \secrecy in any form, but it's true that such a rule would be in keeping with those of many other state agencies, such as the state Ethics Commission and the Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. The most important thing is that, once investigations are completed, the public have full access to the details, whether it resulted in a disciplinary action or not.

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