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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..

Loss of teaching certificate justified by criminal convictions.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1428722 , Decision Date: 2014-02-14 
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Petitioner’s teaching certificate was revoked after he was convicted of felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.  His actions violated Standards One and Ten of the Code of Ethics for Educators, which require teachers to abide by state laws and demonstrate conduct that [..] Read More..

Insufficient credible evidence to support finding of unethical behavior by school principal.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1417810 , Decision Date: 2014-02-05 
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Revocation of Petitioner’s teaching certificate was reversed.  Petitioner, a school principal during the 2008-2009 school year, was alleged to have encouraged test proctors for the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) to prompt students to change wrong answers.  While an analysis of test answers indicated that [..] Read More..

Testimony of state’s chief witness not credible.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1408946 , Decision Date: 2013-12-19 
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No credible evidence demonstrated that the educator violated ethical standards during the Spring 2009 Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT). The chief witness for the state admitted to lying in the past and to correcting her own students’ answers after the exam. In addition, her testimony [..] Read More..

Criminal activity resulted in reprimand of teaching certificate.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2013-12-23 
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The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) issued Petitioner a teaching certificate, while also reprimanding him.  The reprimand was the result of Petitioner’s 2008 guilty plea to eight counts of felony Financial Transaction Card Fraud under the First Offender Act.  Although Petitioner successfully completed his period of [..] Read More..

Revocation of teaching certificate for failure to report felony theft-by-taking conviction.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1410338 , Decision Date: 2013-11-18 
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The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) revoked Petitioner’s teaching certificate after he failed to report a felony theft-by-taking conviction.  The revocation was justified, especially in light of Petitioner’s lack of remorse, by the violation of four Commission rules related to (1) criminal acts, (2) dishonesty, (3) [..] Read More..

Revocation of teaching certificate for felony theft-by-taking conviction.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2013-11-18 
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The Professional Standards Commission (PSC) revoked Petitioner’s teaching certificate after he failed to report a felony theft-by-taking conviction.  The revocation was justified, especially in light of Petitioner’s lack of remorse, by the violation of four Commission rules related to (1) criminal acts, (2) dishonesty, (3) [..] Read More..

Hosting homeless student does not violate Standard 2 of Code of Ethics.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1405664 , Decision Date: 2013-11-06 
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On motions for summary determination and dismissal, Judge Miller determined that Petitioner, a teacher, did not violate Standard 2 of the Code of Ethics for Educators, which bars teachers from engaging in unethical conduct with regard to students. Petitioner allegedly allowed a student, who had [..] Read More..

Dismissal of a due process complaint is with prejudice unless Petitioner shows good cause.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-10-29 
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Petitioner sought to withdraw her request for a due process hearing without prejudice, meaning she wished to retain the ability to re-file the complaint at a later date.  However, Petitioner must show good cause in order to obtain a dismissal without prejudice and provide the [..] Read More..

Teacher’s license suspended for one year for mishandling and misappropriation of school funds.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1405702 , Decision Date: 2013-09-23 
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Petitioner’s teaching certificate was suspended for one year for violating Standards Five and Ten of the Code of Ethics for Educators after she (1) failed to follow the school’s established protocol for the handling of funds, (2) borrowed funds for personal use, and (3) retained [..] Read More..

Educator’s license suspended, not revoked, following a charge of drug possession.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1338357 , Decision Date: 2013-08-07 
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A pre-trial diversion program does not constitute a “conviction” within the meaning of the Code of Ethics for Educators.  Because Petitioner was convicted of only one misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and not two, and because of the circumstances surrounding his commission of the offense, Petitioner’s [..] Read More..

Sterling reputation as an educator weighed against seriousness of violations.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1332647 , Decision Date: 2013-07-19 
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Petitioner owned and operated a daycare. Because Petitioner knew she was in violation of a maximum capacity requirement, she hid four children outside during a Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) inspection of the facility. When the children were discovered, she denied that [..] Read More..

Denial of teaching license for felony conviction upheld.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1339923 , Decision Date: 2013-06-11 
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Petitioner denied ever having been convicted of a felony on her application for a State of Georgia teaching certificate.  Because Petitioner had in fact been convicted of a felony, Judge Oakley found denial to be proper under the Code of Ethics for Educators.

Teaching certificate revoked after educator failed to report daughter’s sexual abuse.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1331669 , Decision Date: 2013-06-07 
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Judge Miller affirmed the revocation of Petitioner’s certificate to teach in the State of Georgia.  As a certified teacher, Petitioner was a mandated reporter of suspected child abuse, including suspected abuse of her own child.  Petitioner knew that her daughter had been sexually abused by [..] Read More..

Teacher is warned to avoid further unethical conduct.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 1334029 , Decision Date: 2013-04-26 
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The Professional Standards Commission’s decision to sanction Petitioner’s teaching license was modified from a two-year suspension to a warning.  The basis for the sanction was Petitioner’s plea under the First Offender Act that resulted from her failure to return a rental vehicle.  Petitioner admitted the [..] Read More..

Teacher violates Code of Ethics by alerting students to incorrect answers on the CRCT.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: 1319204 , Decision Date: 2013-02-12 
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 Petitioner compromised the integrity of the CRCT assessment by telling students that she saw incorrect answers on their exams. Based on this violation of the GA Code of Ethics for Education, the Court found Petitioner’s conduct warranted suspension of her teaching certificate. However, given that [..] Read More..

Teacher reprimanded for inappropriate and unethical behavior.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1326553 , Decision Date: 2013-02-22 
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Judge upholds reprimand of a Coosa High School teacher who inappropriately approached another teacher to ask if she had plastic surgery on her posterior. Petitioner failed to demonstrate that his conduct preserved the dignity and integrity of the teaching profession.

Teacher’s suspension reversed for lack of evidence to support sanction.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: 1322137 , Decision Date: 2013-02-20 
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Petitioner was accused of improperly storing test materials. However, Petitioner did not receive adequate training regarding the appropriate and secure administration of the tests and did not breach the confidentiality agreement relating to the testing materials. Based on Respondent’s failure to prove Petitioner was unfit [..] Read More..

Judge rejects suspension of a principal’s teaching certificate after principal resigns.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: 1311693 , Decision Date: 2012-12-21 
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The Professional Standards Commission sought to suspend Petitioner’s teaching certificate for 90 days after she resigned as principal at the Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood for Boys after providing only five days’ notice. Petitioner became principal shortly after the school was granted its charter. The [..] Read More..

Judge affirms the Professional Standards Commission’s sanction of a teacher for her behavior during administration of the CRCT.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2013-02-07 
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Petitioner, a sixth grade math teacher, administered the CRCT to her classroom after attending training on how to administer the test. During the training, the Test Examiner’s Manual is reviewed. The Manual explicitly states that the administrator may only clarify directions but may not suggest [..] Read More..

Teacher suspended for failure to inform school nurse of possible child abuse.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1321557 , Decision Date: 2013-02-08 
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Petitioner, a kindergarten teacher in Dougherty County, observed bite marks and scratches on a child’s back, buttocks, and genital area. The school system’s child abuse policy requires first reporting suspicion of child abuse to the school nurse. The Judge affirmed a 15 day suspension because [..] Read More..

Judge affirms suspension of teacher’s certificate based on multiple reports of physical and verbal abuse of student athletes.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1315429 , Decision Date: 2012-12-31 
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The Professional Standards Commission sought to suspend Petitioner’s teaching certificate for 90 days. Petitioner is a high school teacher and football coach. The credible evidence on the record supports a finding that Petitioner physically abused student athletes on two occasions. Additionally, Petitioner used excessive profanity [..] Read More..

Judge denies teacher certification to applicant who fraudulently submitted $700,000 of unauthorized prescription reimbursements to Medicaid.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Oakley 
Docket Number: 1325857 , Decision Date: 2013-02-01 
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Petitioner appealed Respondent’s recommendation to deny his application for a teaching certification. Petitioner pled guilty to conspiracy to defraud state of political subdivision and false writing pursuant to filling unauthorized prescriptions and fraudulently submitting those prescriptions to the Georgia Medicaid Program for reimbursement to the [..] Read More..

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