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16 KAR 1:030.Procedures for educator certificate surrender, revocation, suspension, reinstatement, and reissuance, and for application denial.

Section 1.

Purpose.

(1)

In order to support the mission of the EPSB, the EPSB may take action against an educator's certificate in an effort:

(a)

To ensure that an educator has an understanding of an educator's professional duties and responsibilities; and

(b)

To protect students, parents of students, school personnel, or school officials.

(2)

The EPSB may take action against any certificate issued under KRS 161.010 to 161.100 for any of the reasons set forth in KRS 161.120(1).

Section 2.

Complaints and Reports.

(1)

A complaint may be made by any person, organization, or entity. The complaint shall be in writing and shall be signed by the person offering the complaint. The complaint shall be sent to the EPSB and contain:

(a)

The name, phone number, and address of the person making the complaint, and the name of the educator against whom the complaint is made. If known, the person making the complaint shall include the address of the school district where the educator works; and

(b)

A clear and concise description of the issues of fact.

(2)

A report shall be sent to the EPSB by superintendents of local school districts pursuant to KRS 161.120(2)(a).

(a)

A superintendent's duty to report shall include the reporting of criminal convictions discovered by the district pursuant to KRS 160.380, even if the conviction occurred prior to the date the educator's certification was issued.

(b)

The superintendent shall have thirty (30) days from the date the superintendent receives notice of the criminal conviction to report that criminal conviction to the EPSB pursuant to KRS 161.120(2)(a).

(c)

Failure of the superintendent to provide the full facts and circumstances or to forward copies of all relevant documents and records in the superintendent's possession pursuant to 161.120(2)(b), may result in action against the superintendent's certificate pursuant to 161.120(1)(j).

(d)

The superintendent shall supplement the report in writing within thirty (30) days of the superintendent receiving the additional information or supporting documentation.

(3)

EPSB staff shall do an initial review of all complaints and reports to determine whether there is sufficient credible evidence that a violation of KRS 161.120(1) may have occurred. If the report or complaint contains sufficient credible evidence that a violation of KRS 161.120(1) may have occurred, EPSB staff shall open a file and assign that file a number.

(a)

The EPSB staff shall send a copy of these complaints and reports by certified mail to the educator's address on file with EPSB.

(b)

The educator shall have the right to file a rebuttal with the EPSB within thirty (30) calendar days from the date the educator receives the complaint or report from the EPSB unless the parties agree to extend that deadline.

(c)

EPSB staff shall add the case to the EPSB's docket and prepare the file for EPSB review by redacting all the educator's identifiers if one (1) of the following occurs:

1.

The educator's rebuttal is received;

2.

The notice is returned as undeliverable; or

3.

The educator:

a.

Fails to file a rebuttal with the EPSB; and

b.

Has not requested to extend the thirty (30) day deadline.

(d)

The EPSB shall determine whether the nature and quality of the alleged violation warrants deferral, dismissal, training, admonishment, further investigation, or initiation of a hearing.

(e)

In making its determination, the EPSB shall consider if the allegation, if proven, would warrant sanction by the EPSB.

(f)

When making a determination as to the level of sanctions warranted, the EPSB shall consider the following factors:

1.

The seriousness of the alleged violation;

2.

Whether the alleged violation was premeditated or intentional;

3.

Whether an attempt to conceal the alleged violation was made;

4.

Whether there were any prior violations;

5.

Whether training is appropriate to prevent further violations;

6.

Whether the sanction is necessary to deter future violations; or

7.

Other relevant circumstances or facts.

(4)

 

(a)

If the EPSB determines that sanctions are warranted, the EPSB shall refer the matter to hearing.

(b)

If the EPSB refers the matter to hearing, the EPSB shall, by majority vote, approve the issuance of a notice of hearing and the statement of charges. The statement of charges shall include specific reasons for the EPSB's proposed action, including the:

1.

Statutory or regulatory violation;

2.

Factual basis on which the disciplinary action is based; and

3.

Penalty sought.

(c)

The parties may agree to resolve the matter informally at any time, in accordance with KRS 161.120(8). Any agreement to resolve the matter shall be memorialized in an agreed order. To be valid, the agreement shall be approved by the EPSB. The agreed order shall be signed by the educator, the educator's attorney, if any, and the EPSB chair.

(d)

The EPSB staff shall initiate the hearing process, in accordance with KRS Chapter 13B, within thirty (30) days after the EPSB refers the matter to hearing.

Section 3.

 

(1)

The hearing shall be held in accordance with KRS Chapter 13B.

(2)

Either party may be entitled to a reasonable continuance of the hearing date for good cause.

(3)

The educator has the right to request a private in-person hearing, in accordance with KRS 161.120(5)(b).

(a)

The educator shall waive the right to a private in-person hearing if the educator fails to specifically make a written request for a private in-person hearing at least five (5) days prior to the hearing.

(b)

Even if the educator elects to proceed with a private, in-person hearing, the hearing transcript for that hearing shall be subject to disclosure after the EPSB issues its final order unless exempt from disclosure by law.

(c)

All hearings shall be conducted in the office of the EPSB unless a new location is agreed upon by the parties.

(4)

The hearing officer's recommended order shall include a discussion of the factors set forth in Section 2(3)(f) of this administrative regulation if recommending sanctions.

(5)

A party may file any exceptions to the recommended order within fifteen (15) calendar days from the date the recommended order is mailed.

(a)

This time limit shall not be extended, and responses to exceptions shall not be considered by the EPSB.

(b)

Any disagreement with a factual finding or conclusion of law in the recommended order not contained in the exceptions shall be waived.

Section 4.

Final Decision.

(1)

The EPSB may delegate to the EPSB chair the authority to sign a decision made or order issued under this section on behalf of a majority of the EPSB members.

(2)

After the EPSB chair certifies that a quorum is present, a majority of the voting members present shall be required to make a final decision on the recommended order, agreed order, or request for the issuance of an order of default judgment.

(3)

In making a final order in accordance with KRS 13B.120, the EPSB shall consider the record including the recommended order and any exceptions filed. ]

Section 5.

Procedure for Suspension, Surrender, or Revocation of a Certificate.

(1)

When the EPSB issues a final decision, the EPSB staff shall mail a copy of the final decision to the educator by certified mail using the address the educator provided to the EPSB, or any other means permitted by law.

(2)

A record of EPSB action shall become part of the educator's official records maintained by EPSB staff.

(3)

Immediately following the issuance of the EPSB final decision, the EPSB staff shall notify the reporting parties of the action taken.

(4)

EPSB staff shall also ensure that the suspension, surrender, or revocation is noted on EPSB's Web site.

(5)

EPSB staff shall also ensure that the information is provided to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) for inclusion in the NASDTEC Clearinghouse, which is a searchable database administered by NASDTEC relating to educator certification and discipline.

Section 6.

Procedure for Reinstatement of a Suspended Certificate.

(1)

Reinstatement of a suspended certificate for reasons other than misconduct involving the illegal use of controlled substance as defined in KRS 218A.010 shall be subject to the following requirements:

(a)

A certificate that has been suspended by the EPSB shall not be reinstated until the certificate holder has met all conditions and requirements ordered by the EPSB.

(b)

If a certificate lapses during a period of suspension, the certificate holder shall apply for renewal of the certificate at the end of the suspension period. The EPSB shall renew the certification if the certificate holder has met all educational requirements for renewal and has completed all of the conditions and requirements ordered by the EPSB.

(c)

The burden to initiate the process to reinstate a suspended certificate shall be on the certificate holder.

1.

If the suspension does not include conditions, the EPSB staff shall remove all references of the suspension from the Web site at the conclusion of the suspension period.

2.

If the suspension includes conditions, the certificate holder shall provide the EPSB proof that all conditions have been met.

a.

The EPSB shall reinstate the certificate at the conclusion of the suspension period once the EPSB receives evidence from the certificate holder demonstrating that the conditions of suspension were met.

b.

The EPSB shall remove from its Web site any reference to the suspension once the certificate holder has provided evidence that the conditions of suspension have been met.

(d)

The record of suspension as well as reinstatement of the certification shall become part of the educator's official certification records, but the record of suspension shall not be referenced on any certificate subsequently issued to the certificate holder.

(2)

Reinstatement of a suspended certificate for misconduct involving the illegal use of controlled substance as defined in KRS 218A.010 shall be subject to the following requirements:

(a)

In addition to conditions for reinstatement of a suspended certificate established in subsection (1) of this section, the certificate holder shall provide written evidence that the certificate holder has submitted to a drug test at the certificate holder's own expense administered by a drug testing facility approved by the EPSB within thirty (30) days of reinstatement.

(b)

The certificate holder shall arrange for the drug testing facility to send the results of the drug test directly to the EPSB.

(c)

A certificate holder subject to the terms of this subsection may petition the EPSB to approve a drug testing facility of the certificate holder's choice.

1.

Petition to Approve Drug Testing Facility. The petition shall contain the following information:

a.

The drug testing facility's name and location;

b.

The name and telephone number for the director of the facility;

c.

The method of test specimen collection;

d.

The drug testing facility's method of assuring identity of the test subject;

e.

Procedures for testing specimens, including forensic testing methods; and

f.

Chain of custody protocols.

2.

The drug testing facility shall test at a minimum for the following named controlled substances:

a.

Marijuana;

b.

Cocaine;

c.

Opiates;

d.

Amphetamines;

e.

Phencyclidene;

f.

Morphine;

g.

MDMA (Ecstasy);

h.

Methadone;

i.

Benzodiazepines;

j.

Barbiturates; and

k.

Oxycodone.

(d)

If the results of the drug test indicate illegal drug use by the certificate holder, the certificate shall not be reinstated.

Section 7.

Procedure for Reissuance of a Certificate after Revocation.

(1)

If revocation was for reasons other than misconduct involving the illegal use of controlled substance as defined in KRS 218A.010, the conditions established in this subsection shall apply.

(a)

The former certificate holder shall complete the same application that all educators in Kentucky shall complete to obtain certification.

(b)

The former certificate holder shall bear the burden of proving that the certificate holder is fit for practice.

(c)

The former certificate holder shall satisfy all current educational requirements for the certificate sought.

(d)

The EPSB may include terms and conditions that the EPSB reasonably deems appropriate as a condition of reissuance in accordance with KRS 161.120(11)(b) if reissuing the certificate.

(2)

If revocation was for misconduct involving the illegal use of controlled substance as defined in KRS 218A.010, the former certificate holder shall:

(a)

Comply with the requirements established in Section 6(1) of this administrative regulation; and

(b)

Submit to drug testing as established in Section 6(2) of this administrative regulation.

(3)

Regardless of the reason for the revocation, the revocation shall be noted on the certificate that is issued and shall remain on the EPSB Web site.

Section 8.

Denial of Application for a Certificate. If the EPSB denies an individual's application for a Kentucky certificate pursuant to this administrative regulation, the applicant may file an appeal in accordance with KRS 161.120(5)(a)2.

Section 9.

Motion to Reconsider.

(1)

In accordance with KRS 161.120(9), the EPSB may reconsider, modify, or reverse its decision of its own volition.

(2)

Under exceptional circumstances, the EPSB may reconsider, modify or reverse its decision on any disciplinary matter upon a motion by one (1) of the parties.

HISTORY: (19 Ky.R. 1264; Am. 1599; 1751; eff. 2-4-1993; 20 Ky.R. 633; eff. 11-4-1993; 23 Ky.R. 3617; 4124; eff. 6-16-1997; recodified from 704 KAR 20:585, 7-2-2002; 33 Ky.R. 3423; 34 Ky.R. 9; eff. 7-19-2007; 43 Ky.R. 585, 1185, 1367; eff. 3-3-2017; 48 Ky.R. 1624, 2188; eff. 5-3-2022.)

FILED WITH LRC: January 10, 2022
CONTACT PERSON: Todd Allen, General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Boulevard, 5th Floor, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, phone 502-564-4474, fax 502-564-9321; email regcomments@education.ky.gov.

7-Year Expiration: 5/3/2029

Last Updated: 5/9/2022


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