A Hefty Gift of Appreciation

Type: Article
Topics: Ethics, School Administrator Magazine

April 01, 2022

Ethical Educator
Scenario: Elton John tickets

In appreciation of an elementary school principal’s care and personal attention to their 8-year-old autistic daughter during the pandemic, a couple present him with a pair of front row Elton John concert tickets. The principal thinks he must refuse them as a conflict of interest, but colleagues in other schools feel he should accept the gift as it was the parents’ decision.

How should he proceed?

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The Ethical Educator panel consists of

  • Sheldon Berman, AASA lead superintendent, Redmond, Ore.;
  • MaryEllen Elia, senior fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education and retired superintendent;
  • Chris Lee Nicastro, former Missouri commissioner of education and president, Lee Consulting Group, St. Louis, Mo.; and
  • Louis N. Wool, superintendent, Harrison, N.Y.

Each month, School Administrator draws on actual circumstances to raise an ethical decision-making dilemma in K-12 education. Our distinguished panelists provide their own resolutions to each dilemma.

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