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Tue., Nov. 20, 2012, 10:08 a.m.

Face-Painting Complaint Filed

 A formal complaint regarding a Declo teacher’s treatment of students who failed reading goals has been filed with an Idaho commission on educators’ professional standards and ethics. The Idaho State Department of Education’s Professional Standards Commission examines complaints against certified teachers and has the power to suspend or revoke teaching licenses. Cassia County School District Superintendent Galen Smyer said Monday his district filed the complaint after fourth-grade teacher Summer Larsen allowed students to scribble with permanent marker on the faces of classmates who failed to meet reading goals. “I’m really limited on what I can say because it’s a personnel issue,” Smyer said. “The investigation on this is also ongoing in the district.” Smyer declined to name the teacher involved last week, citing personnel reasons, but parents of the students named Larsen/Laurie Welch, Twin Falls Times News. More here.

Question: What should be done with teacher who allowed  students to scribble with permanent marker on the faces of classmates swho failed to meet reading goals?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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