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State Closes In On Haws’ Teaching Certificate

By Associated Press

The state’s Professional Standards Commission says there are sufficient grounds to issue a formal complaint over the teaching certificate held by former Chief Deputy Schools Superintendent Terry Haws.

The ruling clears the way for Standards Commission Director Jim Smith to deliver a formal complaint to Haws, and to order a hearing to consider the revocation of Haws’ Idaho teaching certificate.

Boise attorney David Manweiler had blocked the ongoing investigation into Haws’ teaching status last month by not allowing officials in Alaska to release Haws’ employment records.

Instead, Manweiler had those records released to himself, and then gave them to Smith.

Haws was accused of soliciting sex from a male minor in exchange for drugs in 1983 while he was living in Alaska. Haws states on his resume he was an adjunct professor of music at the Kenai Community College at Soldotna when the charges were filed.

Haws eventually pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was fined $350, sentenced to 60 days in jail, all suspended, and was put on probation for three years.

When he applied for his Idaho teaching certificate, he allegedly did not disclose the arrest in Alaska.

Smith said Haws has delivered a personal statement as well as several letters on his behalf to the commission.

Haws was appointed chief deputy by Schools Superintendent Anne Fox after he led her successful election campaign. He was fired from the Department of Education Jan. 27, 16 days after he pleaded guilty to inattentive driving in Boise. He had been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

News of Haws’ arrest in Alaska was reported after the DUI charge, and a formal complaint against his certificate was subsequently delivered to the Department of Education.

The application for an Idaho certificate requires applicants to reveal if they have ever been arrested for a crime other than a traffic accident.

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