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Tonya Craft's teaching license reinstated

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by Melydia Clewell


RINGGOLD (WRCB) -- Georgia's Public Standards Commission recently voted to dismiss its disciplinary case against Tonya Craft. That decision effectively reinstates the former educator's certificate to teach.

When Catoosa County detectives arrested Craft on child molestation charges in June 2008, the Chickamauga City School System voted to terminate Craft from her job teaching kindergarten. The sexual abuse allegations also triggered an automatic investigation by the PSC, which ended with a determination that probable cause did exist to revoke Craft's certificate to teach.

Craft refused to sign a consent order agreeing to the sanction and instead requested an administrative hearing. That sent the investigation to the Georgia Attorney General's office, which represents the PSC.

The state attorney assigned to review the investigation issued a recommendation that the PSC dismiss the case against Craft citing her May 2010 acquittal on criminal charges. The PSC accepted that recommendation and voted at its last meeting to drop the sanctions. 

Craft continues to appeal her termination and her attorneys have not ruled out the possibility of a civil lawsuit against the Chickamauga City School System.



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