Matthew Hotard
Kandace Campbell
July 28, 1986
JANET COOPER, RESPONDENT ON REVIEW,
v.
EUGENE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 4J, PETITIONER ON REVIEW, AND VERNE A. DUNCAN,
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION FOR THE STATE OF OREGON, PETITIONER ON REVIEW
On review from the Court of Appeals.*fn* CA No. A31423.

Summary:
A female special education teacher in Oregon embraced the religion of Sikh and started wearing the white clothes and white turban favored by the religion. The informed the staff of her change, she also explained to her sixth grade class her change of lifestyle. The schools administration explained to her that if she continued to wear religious clothing to school she would be suspended from teaching and her certification would be revoked. After repeated warnings the superintendent of schools held a hearing, revoked Cooper's teaching certificate. This order was challenged on constitutional grounds in the Court of Appeals, which set aside the revocation of the teaching certificate as an excessive sanction under the court's understanding of federal First Amendment doctrine.


Decision:
The Supreme Court decided that the actions of the Superintendent of Schools were appropriate and legal under the Constitution. After reviewing the Appellate court decision it was decided that revoking the teaching certificate was not an excessive sanction. This was decided because there is nothing stating the teacher could not apply for the certification again


Impacts on Teaching and Quiz Question was prepared by: Kandace Campbell
Impacts on Teaching:
This case impacts teaching in many ways. This is one of the cases that enforce separation of church and state. It is okay for a teacher to have his or her own religious views, but it is not okay to push those religious beliefs on to the students. It is also not allowed to make students feel uncomfortable or to offend students based on religious beliefs. In my opinion teachers should keep their beliefs to themselves to avoid all accusations. This also depends on the rules of your school district and individual school. If there are rules set in place, teachers should review those rules before accepting the job. If the teacher disagrees with those rules, that teacher should think twice before signing a contract.

Question: True/False
In the case: Cooper v. Eugene School District, did the court decide to allow the teacher to wear her religious garb?
TRUE