Iowa ethics board fines 2 school employees

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board has fined two Johnston school district employees for advocating for candidates using their school email accounts.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/19j7mGh) that overall, the board ruled Thursday that 15 district employees violated state law to varying degrees during the district’s 2011 school board election.

The board says a district office associate sent several emails to get signatures for a letter to a newspaper editor endorsing candidates. She will be fined $100.

A teacher also will be fined for an email she sent to parents offering her opinion on board candidates. The ethics board will require the teacher to send an apology letter to two parents over the email.

Less-serious incidents involved staff members sending emails to a friend or family member only.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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