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2006-376
Opinion Type
Advisory Opinion
Docket Number
2006-376
Requesting Party
Janet Reed
Parties Involved
Janet Reed
Agency at Issue
Home Bound Monitoring Pretrial & Diversion Program for Youth
Louisiana Department of Education
Decision Date
6/8/2006
Law
42:1121
42:1111C(2)(d)
42:1113
Caption
An advisory opinion regarding the Assistant Director of the Recovery School District accepting employment with the Home Bound Monitoring and Diversion Program for Youth.
Ethics Subject Matters
Post Employment
Prohibited Sources
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STATE OF LOUISIANA
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June 9, 2006
Janet Reed
Dept. of Education
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA 70804 -9064
RE: Ethics Board Docket No. 2006 - 376
Dear Ms. Reed:
The Louisiana Board of Ethics, at its June 8, 2006 meeting, considered your request for an advisory
opinion concerning the propriety of your accepting employment with Home Bound Monitoring
Pretrial and Diversion Program for Youth, a non - profit agency, within two years of the termination
of your position with the Louisiana Department of Education ( "LDE ") as the assistant director of the
Recovery School District ( "RSD "). The RSD is administered by the LDE and exists for the purpose
III of taking over schools that have been labeled "academically unacceptable." One of the ways that
such a school can be operated is pursuant to a Type 5 charter agreement between Board of
Elementary and Secondary Education ( "BESE ") and a non - profit corporation. You state that the non-
profit agency will be submitting an application to BESE to operate a charter school. As the assistant
director of the RSD you have no authority to make policy or to make any managerial decisions for
the RSD and that you do not score or evaluate applications submitted to the RSD by non - profit
organizations.
With respect to each specific question, the Board concluded and instructed me to inform you of the
following:
1. Would I violate La. R.S. 42:1111, 42:1112, 42:1121 or any other provision of the Code of
Governmental Ethics if I take a temporary leave of absence from my LDE/RSD position as the
assistant director of the RSD for the following:
a. To work with a non - profit entity as the Chief Academic Officer.
b. To work with a non - profit entity as the Director of the charter school.
A. Section 1111 C(2)(d) of the Code of Governmental Ethics prohibits a public employee from
receiving anything of economic value from a person who has or is seeking to have a contractual,
• business or other financial relationship with the public servant's agency. Therefore, you would be
prohibited from working for Home Bound Monitoring Pretrial and Diversion Program for Youth
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER