SARASOTA, FL – Dan Ceaser, the head of school for the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, has been appointed by the Florida State Board of Education (SBOE) to the Education Practices Commission (EPC). While the position requires confirmation by the State Senate once the legislative session begins in the spring of 2019, Ceaser was authorized to begin serving in his role – as a private school administrator member – after the September 14th meeting of the SBOE.
Florida’s EPC is a quasi-judicial body that has state-wide jurisdiction and takes final action in educator discipline cases. The EPC is comprised of 25 members, with 10 teachers, five administrators – at least one from a private school – four parents of public school students, two former district school board members, and four sworn law enforcement officials. The role of the EPC is to ensure that teachers adhere to the principles of professional conduct and the code of ethics for educators published by the Florida Department of Education. In cases where a teacher violates these standards, the EPC is responsible for determining an appropriate punishment for licensed educators.
Ceaser was nominated for consideration by the Commissioner of Education, Pam Stewart, and appointed to a four-year term by the SBOE. The position requires travel for EPC hearings throughout Florida approximately 10 times per year.
“EPC members play a vital role in ensuring the professional integrity of Florida’s educators,” said Gretchen Brantley, J.D., executive director of the EPC. “We believe the legislature considered the unique perspective of educators like Dan Ceaser in understanding the critical role excellent school leadership plays in students’ lives when it carved out administrator positions on this Commission. We look forward to Dan’s input and service in the coming years.”
The mission of Community Day School, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is to impact the world by creating a community where children of all faiths demonstrate integrity, academic excellence, and a desire to improve the world. Community Day offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at communityday.org or call (941) 552-2770.