Once upon a time teaching colleges were sovereign, today they are dominated and obedient to the DS

Anyone who has experienced centralized schooling certainly remembers the teachers’ colleges of the past, which were fought over and full of debate. Basically, the Academic Board was a sovereign collegiate body where the Dean was the President, but he did not have hierarchical powers over the meeting which resolved by majority vote. Basically, the head teacher in the College, now as then, has the right to only one vote like each teacher and, on that occasion, he is only the chairman of the meeting, not the hierarchical superior, because the college is a sovereign body.

Teaching colleges increasingly dominated

With the advent of school autonomy and above all after the so-called “Good school” of 2015, teaching colleges are proving to be increasingly submissive to the will of school leaders, debates are avoided, and interventions against the decisions of the manager are avoided. Too often now in teaching colleges we no longer pay attention to what is deliberated and above all how it is deliberated. Yet the rules exist and are very clear and the collegial “power” is a substantially strong normative datum. The few teachers who intervene in the teaching staff to express their point of view, in the school of autonomy, are seen as troublemakers, labeled as “contrastive” teachers. The fear of disagreeing or of opening a debate on subjects already decided by the top management of the school is so high that no one now intervenes during the College. We have gone from a sovereign college to a college dominated and obedient to the school director.

The legislation on collective resolutions

The resolutions of the Teachers’ Colleges are very important administrative acts, it is through the resolutions of the College that the headteacher takes decisions regarding educational functioning.Too often in the Academic Board deliberations are made, pursuant to paragraph 2 art.7 of Legislative Decree 297/94without making alternative proposals to those of the presidency and without opening a discussion with the final operation of an effective vote and counting those in favour, those against and possibly abstentions. It is useful to specify that the article 28 of the Dpr n.416/1974currently in force, establishes that a meeting such as the Academic Board is valid if half plus one of its components is present and that the resolutions are adopted by an absolute majority of the votes validly cast, unless special provisions prescribe otherwise. In the event of a tie, the vote of the president prevails. This provision has been incorporated in its entirety consolidated text of the school pursuant to article 37, paragraphs 2 and 3. It must also be added that in situations of collective resolution it is also lawful to be able to abstain as confirmed in a sentence of the Council of State, n.7050 of 4 November 2003.Therefore it is always advisable to ask the president of the teaching staff, who is the headteacher, for the explicit vote of each resolution and the consequent recording of the number of those in favor, against and abstentions and in case any form of illegitimacy is hypothesized it is prudent to have the particular motivation for the opposition to the deliberation vote written in the minutes. It must be known that the minutes of a Academic Board, especially in the case of important resolutions, must be read and approved with an open vote no later than the next Board. On this occasion, it is possible to request that the report just read be integrated, modified and clarified. Therefore, in order for a resolution to be effectively valid and such that everyone can assume responsibility for the administrative act, it must be expressly voted on by the individual members of the Board, which must be present for at least half plus one of its members.

Written motions by teachers

In convening a teaching staff, in addition to the place and time of the meeting, the agenda to be discussed must be clearly written. Therefore, having known the agenda from the convocation, the teachers can prepare in advance and in written form any proposed resolutions, which will be presented to the President of the College at the time of discussion of the point to be amended. Once the proposal has been presented, it must be submitted to the votes of the Board and the motion produced must be attached to the minutes of the meeting, without the possibility of ambiguity.

Once upon a time teaching colleges were sovereign, today they are dominated and obedient to the DS