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Educator not required to report DUI conviction to PSC

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 2205429 , Decision Date: 2021-11-08 
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Judge Teate granted summary determination in favor of an educator, after concluding that the educator was not required to report a 2008 DUI conviction to the Professional Standards Commission.

Applicant approved for teaching certificate can be simultaneously reprimanded by PSC

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 2107129 , Decision Date: 2021-02-02 
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In affirming the Professional Standard Commission’s decision, Judge Howells rejected an applicant’s argument that the Commission lacks authority to both grant the applicant a teaching certificate and simultaneously reprimand him on past criminal conduct.

PSC’s Denial of Application Reversed

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 2109032 , Decision Date: 2021-03-08 
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Where Petitioner did not have a conviction related to marijuana, but he had admitted he possessed marijuana, his application was denied. The agency’s action was reversed, and a modified sanction was imposed, because the PSC’s rule provides for sanction based on either the commission or [..] Read More..

Simultaneous Issuance of Certificate and Reprimand

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Howells 
Docket Number: 2107129 , Decision Date: 2021-02-03 
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The Professional Standards Commission has the authority to grant a certificate and simultaneously issue a reprimand based on past criminal conduct.

Hearsay concerning sexual contact with students sufficient to give cause to report

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Woodard 
Docket Number: 1718869 , Decision Date: 2017-05-31 
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A student’s report concerning what another student had told him about a teacher molesting him was sufficient to give rise to a duty to report.

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..

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