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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..

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..

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