HAMILTON-WENHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
TUTORING FOR PAY
“Tutoring” is defined as giving private instruction or help to an individual or group for which the teacher receives remuneration other than through the Hamilton Wenham Regional School District.
Under the Conflict of Interest Law:
- Teachers may only tutor a student if the teacher is approached by the parents of a student in his/her district, but is not one of his/her own students, and is asked to tutor their child, for payment by the parents, and using no public resources in connection with that tutoring.
- A teacher cannot recommend that one of his/her own students be provided tutoring and then be paid to tutor the same student in a second job.
- A teacher may not tutor students who are currently in his/her class.
- A teacher cannot use his/her position to get unwarranted privileges for him/herself, or give them to anyone else. For example, a teacher cannot use school resources such as classrooms or materials in connection with a private tutoring business. A public school employee cannot use a school or district website to advertise private tutoring services.
- Apart from their primary employment, teachers and other public employees are not allowed to have a financial interest in a contract with an agency at their same level of government, unless an exemption applies.
- Teachers and other public employees may not be paid by or act for others in matters that are of direct and substantial interest to their public employers. For example, if tutoring is required as part of an IEP, a teacher in the district may not accept payment from the student's family to provide that tutoring.
- Teachers and other public employees may not initiate private business relationships with persons under their authority. For example, a teacher may not approach a student, or the student's parents, seeking private tutoring work.
Legal Reference: State Ethics Commission: Public School Teacher FAQs on the Conflict of
Interest Law - Tutoring www.mass.gov/ethics
Adopted: October 17, 2013
Reviewed: April 27, 2017