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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..

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..

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