Kansas School Board Revokes Teacher's License

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Kansas Board of Education has revoked the license of a teacher who was accused of failing to promptly report suspected child abuse. The case is being called unusual and possibly the first of its kind.

Donna L. Ford, 51, surrendered her teaching license to the state board. Members voted 6-2 on Tuesday to accept the surrender and revoke Ford's license.

She had been a teacher for 17 years, most recently working at Cleaveland Elementary School in Wichita. She said in a letter to the board that said she surrendered her license as a condition of her resignation with early-retirement benefits.

The Wichita district declined to discuss specifics. But Kansas National Education Association general counsel David Schauner says the punishment was too severe.

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