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Teacher Suspension Hearings.Suspension proceedings may be initiated by either the regional superintendent or the state superintendent of education, while revocation proceedings may be initiated only by the state superintendent. Before a certificate may be suspended or revoked, charges must be served on the teacher. The teacher may request that a hearing be held. Suspension hearings may initially be heard before the regional superintendent. If the regional superintendent decides to suspend the certificate, a right of appeal lies with the State Teachers Certification Board, where a new hearing is held. The State Teachers Certification Board then makes a recommendation to the state superintendent with regard to the suspension or revocation.
Teacher Automatic Suspensions.If a certificate holder is convicted of certain sex or narcotics offenses, the certificate is automatically suspended. If the conviction is reversed on appeal and the person is acquitted following a new trial or charges are dismissed, the suspension is lifted. If the conviction becomes final, the certificate is automatically revoked. A final decision to revoke or suspend a certificate may be appealed to the courts. However, no new evidence is introduced and the administrative decision will only be reversed if the factual findings are against the manifest weight of the evidence or in the case of procedural errors.
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