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Suspension inappropriate where educator complied with mandatory reporting requirements.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1642834 , Decision Date: 2016-08-26 
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A high school assistant principal was directed by the principal to investigate an incident involving two students circulating a naked photograph of one of their peers. The assistant principal complied, and later reported her findings to the principal, but did not directly report the incident [..] Read More..

State could not rely on documentation of criminal conviction to meet its burden in administrative case.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1648876 , Decision Date: 2016-08-12 
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The Professional Standards Commission sought to sanction an educator’s certificate based, in part, on her alleged violation of the standards governing honesty, confidentiality, and required reports.  However, the Commission introduced no evidence in support of the allegations at the hearing, but instead relied on the [..] Read More..

Educator suspended for showing up to school intoxicated.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1636724 , Decision Date: 2016-07-14 
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The results of a preliminary breath test performed on a portable device were entitled to no evidentiary weight absent evidence that the device was approved for use as an initial alcohol screening device, and could not support the Professional Standards Commission’s finding that a teacher [..] Read More..

Principal suspended for misuse of school funds.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1638782 , Decision Date: 2016-06-22 
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After her plan to cater an alumni event hosted at her school fell through, a principal directed the caterer, whom she had improperly paid directly from school funds, to deliver the food to her friend’s party.  The Commission sought to suspend the principal’s educator certificate [..] Read More..

Former superintendent not shown to have knowledge of alleged child abuse.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1617619 , Decision Date: 2016-03-03 
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The Professional Standards Commission (“the Commission”) was not authorized to revoke the teaching certificate of the former superintendent of McIntosh County School District because it failed to demonstrate that the superintendent knew of allegations of a sexual relationship between a student and a high school [..] Read More..

Revocation of registration to operate daycare does not require denial of paraprofessional license.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1629432 , Decision Date: 2016-04-01 
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The Professional Standards Commission denied Petitioner’s paraprofessional license application due to a 2012 arrest that resulted in the revocation of her registration to operate a daycare center.  Petitioner was arrested for Cruelty to Children in 2012 due to her conduct in leaving children in her [..] Read More..

Agency authorized to revoke teaching certificate based on out-of-state disciplinary action.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1617917 , Decision Date: 2016-01-21 
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Facing disciplinary action for misconduct, an educator resigned from his position in Florida and moved to Georgia, where he applied for a teaching certificate.  On his application, the educator failed to disclose that he was at that time under an investigation by the Florida disciplinary [..] Read More..

State failed to prove that principal directed faculty to assist students during CRCT.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1547238 , Decision Date: 2015-07-02 
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A principal of an elementary school in the Atlanta Public School system was accused of violating the Code of Ethics for Educators by allegedly instructing faculty to point out correct answers to students during administration of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test.  However, the Court found that [..] Read More..

Educator given two-year suspension for failure to make timely report of suspected sexual abuse.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2015-06-03 
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Petitioner, a school counselor, received information that a student had attempted suicide because her stepfather was sexually abusing her.  The student acknowledged the suicide attempt and later made comments during a conference that gave rise to reasonable cause for the counselor to believe that the [..] Read More..

Teaching certificate suspended 60 days for requesting changes to daughter’s transcript.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1458939 , Decision Date: 2015-03-13 
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Petitioner, a former superintendent, violated the Code of Ethics for Educators when she requested that her daughter’s transcript be altered to show credit for a course she had not taken and allowed the school district to report her daughter as a dual-enrollment student for state [..] Read More..

Unsupported breathalyzer test results not considered in appropriateness of sanction.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1512159 , Decision Date: 2015-03-03 
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The results of a breathalyzer test obtained from an educator who came to school intoxicated were not admissible in the determination of the appropriateness of her sanction.  Because the technician who administered the test did not testify at the evidentiary hearing, inclusion of the test [..] Read More..

Educator’s criminal convictions warrant three-year suspension, but not revocation, of teaching certificate.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1509619 , Decision Date: 2014-11-17 
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Petitioner, an educator, pled guilty to possession of cocaine, a felony, as well as three misdemeanor convictions, and was sentenced to probation.   In light of Petitioner’s criminal convictions, the Professional Standards Commission recommended revocation of her teaching certificate.  However, the Court found that the Commission’s [..] Read More..

Educator suspended for one year for failure to maintain professional relationship with students.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1501735 , Decision Date: 2014-11-19 
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The Professional Standards Commission recommended that Petitioner’s teaching certificate be revoked after several female students reported that he made comments of a sexual nature to them.  Petitioner’s conduct, while very inappropriate and unprofessional, fell short of the egregiousness that would warrant revocation.  Accordingly, the Court [..] Read More..

Educator’s license revoked for sexual relationship with a high school student living in her home.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1504060 , Decision Date: 2014-10-08 
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Petitioner, an elementary school teacher, engaged in a sexual relationship with an eighteen-year-old high school student who lived in her home.  Petitioner’s conduct amounted to serious violations of the Code of Ethics for Educators and warranted revocation of her license.

No ethics violation where possible abuse reported within twenty-four hours.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1452071 , Decision Date: 2014-10-18 
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Petitioner, a kindergarten teacher, did not alert her superiors after she noticed redness on a student’s arm and the student reported being spanked by her mother.  However, Petitioner reported to a counselor that there was a small bruise on the student’s arm the following morning.  [..] Read More..

Teaching certificate suspended for failure to make timely report of allegations of child abuse.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1453141 , Decision Date: 2014-09-04 
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As an educator, Petitioner was required by Georgia law to report suspected child abuse to her supervisors “no later than 24 hours from the time there is reasonable cause to believe a child has been abused.”  However, after one of her students described an incident [..] Read More..

Educator sanctioned for texting colleague about the CRCT.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1458942 , Decision Date: 2014-09-30 
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After administering the CRCT-M, a modified version of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), Petitioner, an educator, described the content of the test in text messages to her colleague, who had yet to administer the CRCT.  The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) found that Petitioner’s conduct violated [..] Read More..

One-year suspension too harsh a penalty for excited utterance regarding the CRCT.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1458948 , Decision Date: 2014-09-25 
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An educator’s innocent mention of the subject matter of a question on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test to her colleague, who had already finished administering the test, was insufficient to justify the one-year suspension of the educator’s teaching certificate proposed.

Educator’s license revoked for attempting to have inappropriate relationship with student.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Baxter 
Docket Number: 1501143 , Decision Date: 2014-09-25 
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Petitioner, a high school assistant principal, band director, and varsity wrestling coach, committed serious breaches of the Code of Ethics for Educators by making comments of a sexual nature to a student, sending the student inappropriate texts, and attempting to kiss her. Petitioner’s violations warranted [..] Read More..

Disciplinary action against teaching credential in another state and concealment thereof results in revocation of teaching certificate.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1453140 , Decision Date: 2014-09-02 
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Petitioner did not report his disciplinary history as a California educator—including that he had been placed on administrative leave, that his employer had not renewed his contract, and that his teaching credential had been suspended following allegations of unprofessionalism—on his applications for a Georgia teaching [..] Read More..

Suspension reduced from one year to 45 days for teacher who consumed alcohol at a school function.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1503074 , Decision Date: 2014-09-10 
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The Professional Standards Commission sought to suspend Petitioner’s teaching certificate for one year.  Petitioner, who was a chaperone at the school prom, consumed alcohol prior to arriving at the school prom and again at the bar in the hotel where the prom was being held [..] Read More..

School district must continue to pay for private residential placement during transition period.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Kennedy 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2014-06-26 
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A school district was directed to pay for a student’s continued placement in a private facility after the student could not complete the three-part transition period, which was designed to prepare the student to move back to the school district.  As the transition period was [..] Read More..

Must show harm in order to obtain relief for a deviation from an individualized education program.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2014-07-14 
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Although a School District violated procedural safeguards under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) by providing services different from those specified in Petitioner’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), Petitioner was not entitled to relief inasmuch as Petitioner could not show that the changes actually [..] Read More..

Court of Appeals affirms revocation of teaching certificate.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 1309128 , Decision Date: 2012-11-16 
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The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the Superior Court of Dougherty County’s decision, which had reversed Judge Howell’s decision affirming the Professional Standard Commission’s revocation of an educator’s teaching certificate. The Court determined that contrary to the superior court’s ruling, the educator had sufficient notice [..] Read More..

Educator sanctioned for intentionally misrepresenting her income on application for free or reduced-price school meals.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1447932 , Decision Date: 2014-07-17 
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The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) proposed to suspend Petitioner’s teaching certificate for one year after an investigation by the Dougherty County School System determined that she misrepresented her income on an application in order to receive reduced-price school lunches for her child.  As Petitioner’s conduct [..] Read More..

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