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HB 0825 - Education; time frame relative to hearings before administrative law judges; eliminate

Tracking Level: Low
Sponsor: Nix,Randy 69th
Last Action: 3/14/2012 - Senate Read Second Time
House Committee: Ed
Senate Committee: ED&Y

Staff Analysis of the Legislation

HB 825, Nix – 69 

If the Professional Standards Commission sanctions a teacher for alleged inappropriate behavior to a student, the teacher may appeal within 180 days to an administrative law judge.  Currently, the time for appeal is 90 days. Often these cases are referred to the district attorney to determine if there is a criminal aspect, and those investigations may take weeks or months. After the criminal investigation, the administrative law judge can hear the case for civil penalties. Some educators are never getting civil penalties because the 90 window has been consumed with a criminal investigation.

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