Deadline for signing teacher contract
What is the dead-line for signing your teaching contract for the next school year? After signing a contract for the next year, do you have a certain amount of time to back out of the contract before you are penalized?
A teacher has 20 days from the date the contract is offered in which to sign and return the signed contract. See MCA 20-4-205 reproduced below:
20-4-205. Notification of teacher reelection -- acceptance. (1) The trustees shall provide written notice by June 1 to all teachers who have been reelected. Any teacher who does not receive notice of reelection or termination is automatically reelected for the ensuing school fiscal year. (2) Any teacher who receives notification of reelection for the ensuing school fiscal year shall provide the trustees with written acceptance of the conditions of the reelection within 20 days after the receipt of the notice of reelection, and failure to notify the trustees within 20 days constitutes conclusive evidence of the teacher's nonacceptance of the tendered position. Penalties for "backing out" of the contract (breach of contract) may be contained in the contract language. In addition to monetary damages the district may seek, the educator may be subject to action on his or her license by the Board of Public Education. See ARM 10.57.611
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