Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has vetoed a legislative resolution that would have blocked the Educator Code of Ethics from becoming law.
Riley was joined by state superintendent, Dr. Joe Morton, and other educators at a ceremony Tuesday in Montgomery.
Riley said the code of ethics was developed by teachers for teachers and other educators, to provide standards of ethical conduct.
"Teachers in this state want to be looked at as professionals," said Riley. "They want to raise the profile and they want to set standards that I think mean so much to so many parents out there, to all the students out there. And they really can make a difference."
The Alabama Legislature may override the governor with a simple majority, if it chooses.
The ethics code was unanimously adopted by the Alabama Board of Education in 2005. The panel wanted it added to the state administrative code.
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