Agenda Item
Docket No. 20-444
Advisory opinion regarding whether Kelly McClure, an Education Program Consultant for the Louisiana Department of Education, is prohibited by the Code of Governmental Ethics from accepting a position as an adjunct professor with Tulane University's School of Professional Advancement.
Kelly McClure stated that she is currently employed full-time by the Louisiana Department of Education as an Education Program Consultant 4. She stated that she primarily works on academic matters related to the one percent of students with significant cognitive disabilities and that her specific area of focus includes revising and aligning alternative state standards and resources for students with cognitive disabilities, including an aligned set of companion resources for the English Language Arts guidebook. She stated that she has recently been asked to serve as an adjunct professor at Tulane University's School of Professional Advancement (hereinafter referred to as ("SoPA") under the direction of Dr. Keri Randolph. The program is designed to bolster the pipeline of special educators across Louisiana. Her only duties would be to plan and deliver specific courses on an ad-hoc basis. She stated that her work with Tulane would involve a much larger subsection of special education and that she would be training general educators and prospective special educators on methods to use when working with special education students. She also stated that her work at Tulane will be very different from her job duties at the Department of Education and that she does not intend to rely on or use the policies or materials she develops with the Department, for the courses she will instruct at Tulane. The Department of Education currently has a contract with Tulane University's TIKES Mental Health Consultation Program, but that her agency, Diverse Learner Supports under Federal Programs, does not have any involvement with that contract.
La. R.S. 42:1111C(1)(b) provides that no public servant shall receive any thing of economic value for any service, the subject matter of which draws substantially upon official data or ideas which have not become part of the body of public information.

La. R.S. 42:1115A provides that no public servant shall solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, any thing of economic value as a gift or gratuity from any person or from any officer, director, agent, or employee of such person, if such public servant knows or reasonably should know that such person:(1) Has or is seeking to obtain contractual or other business or financial relationships with the public servant's agency.

Adopt proposed opinion.
Assigned Attorney: Brandi Barze
2020-444- Draft Advisory Opinion 2020-444
2020-444 - Advisory Opinion Request Kelly A. McClure