Misbehaving teachers not always forced out of classroom

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by Renee Murphy

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 12:50 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Criminal charges and substantiated investigations stemming from misconduct with students do not always lead to a teacher losing certification.

Numerous cases of sexual and inappropriate relationships with students have resulted in teachers being forced out of the Jefferson County Public School system, but in some cases these teachers seek employment in other school districts.
 
Rob Fabing was a math teacher at Atherton High School before an internal investigation by JCPS led district officials to believe he had developed inappropriate relationships with four female students.

Officials would investigate Fabing on three separate occasions, beginning in 2007.
 
A spokesperson for Jefferson County Public Schools said documents show the first two investigations were not substantiated.

Twice, Fabing was told to stay away from a student and not to meet with students away from school. Fabing admitted to violating the directive, twice.

He was given a letter of reprimand.
 
 In the most recent investigation, a former female student alleges she had a sexual relationship with Fabing after she had graduated.

She said Fabing ended the relationship once he found out about the investigation.
When asked if he had sex with the former student after high school he said "it was allowed."

Fabing also admitted to sending a nude picture to his former student.
 
He resigned in November and never gave a written statement to investigators.
 
This is just one of the most recent investigations into inappropriate relationships with teachers and students in Jefferson County Public Schools.
 
In November, Casey Kays, a former social studies teacher and volleyball coach at Shawnee High School was indicted on rape charges involving a student.
 
In August, former Kerrick Elementary teacher, Scott Quisenberry, was charged with raping a student he met while teaching in Bullitt County. 

Quisenberry resigned from Bullitt County Schools and started teaching in Louisville because his certification was still valid.  His certification has remained valid, despite criminal charges.

He admitted to not having a normal teacher-student relationship with the girl while employed in Bullitt County, but the information was not passed on to the professional standards board and he was hired by JCPS. The board eventually uncovered Quisenberry’s past through news reports.
 
Teaching certification for all three teachers is still in place.

It can take years to determine if a certification should be removed and budget issues at the state level can delay the process even more, according to Brent McKim, president of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.
 
“One of the consequences of not having adequate revenue in Frankfort and funding at the state level is the staff for the educational professional standards board has been cut back and that has caused longer delays in addressing serious concerns in teacher licensure issues,” McKim said.
 
All previously mentioned teachers are currently under review by the Educational Professional Standards Board but that does not prevent them from teaching in another district and it does not impact their certification.
 
“With the lack of funding that's diminished the staff and slowed things down at the standards board there can be a substantial lag time which could create a problem where a teacher leaves and still has a teaching license that should have been addressed much sooner,” McKim said.
 
Senator Gerald Neal is from Louisville and is on the interim joint committee on education.
 
“And that's a problem. I think again you get to resources and those are allocated for that purpose but it's clear that the vast majority of our teachers do their job and they do it well but there are exceptions to that but we have to be very careful about allowing those individuals to stay in the system at levels that could damage the educational process,” Neal said.
 
According to the Educational Professional Standards Board, the volume of teacher misconduct cases has increased over the past few years, and as funding permits, the EPSB has increased staff to ensure all misconduct complaints are investigated in a timely manner.

Once the state removes a teacher’s certification they cannot be certified in another state. Presently, the state has more than 500 open cases of alleged teacher misconduct.
 
 

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