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 authority.  Nor did he disclose, on his application or thereafter, that his Florida teaching certificate had been revoked.  After it learned of the revocation, the Professional Standards Commission (“the Commission”) sought to revoke the educator’s Georgia certificate.  The Court affirmed the Commission’s sanction based upon the Commission’s authority to revoke a teaching certificate based upon the revocation of the out-of-state license, and its finding that the educator’s conduct violated the Code of Ethics for Educators.