DECLO, Idaho (AP) – A southern Idaho teacher who allowed her fourth-grade students to use markers to draw on the faces of six classmates who failed to meet their reading goals will return to the Declo school for the 2013-14 school year.
Cassia County school board member Steve Lynch tells The Times-News (
http://bit.ly/10zzsGW) that Summer Larsen’s contract was renewed based on teacher evaluations performed by principal Rebecca Hunsaker, who recently retired.
“The evaluation recommended rehiring Larsen,” Lynch said. “The evaluation was done appropriately and professionally and supported that decision.”
The newspaper could not reach Hunsaker for comment.
Cindy Hurst said her 10-year-old son came home from school Nov. 5 with his entire face _ including his eyelids _ scribbled on with green, red and purple markers.
“He was humiliated, he hung his head and wanted to go wash his face,” Hurst said at the time. “He knows he’s a slow reader. Now he thinks he should be punished for it.”
The Cassia County School District filed a complaint against Larsen with the Department of Education’s Professional Standards Commission. District spokeswoman Debbie Critchfield said a resolution of the ethics complaint is expected in September.
In an email to The Times-News, Superintendent Gaylen Smyer said, “I was told any PSC activity in this case would not preclude the school district from renewing Mrs. Larsen’s contract for the 2013-2014 school years.”
An investigation found nine students who didn’t meet their reading goals were allowed to choose between staying in during recess or having their faces marked. Three chose to forgo recess, while six allowed the other students to draw on their faces.
Larsen, who has been with the district for six years, hasn’t commented on the issue. She does not have a listed phone number.
Information from: The Times-News,
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
- Failed back surgery: New hope for patients living in pain
- Ticking time bombs: Telltale signs your water heater is about to explode
- Reading glasses could be a thing of the past
- 6 cool ways teachers are using technology in the classroom
- Emerging tech jobs in Phoenix and how to get one in 2017
- 4 top treatments athletes use for pain
- Emergency! What to do when bathrooms flood
- Operation Santa Claus needs holiday help
- This college bowl season is likely to be epic
- Arizona kids in crisis: How you can help
- 11 holiday classics for the ultimate movie marathon
- 2016 college football rivalry games you simply can't miss
- New treatment offers hope for migraine sufferers
- 11 stadiums to watch your favorite football team
- Shopping for a TV? Best models for 2016
- The new beer pairing guide for holiday foods
- Avoid this holiday plumbing disaster in your home
- 7 tips to avoid holiday weight gain
- New treatments mean better prostate cancer survival rates
- 5 of the scariest things found in drains
- 6 tips to create the best family movie night
- New bone marrow procedure holds promise for healing pain
- The best places to celebrate Fall in Phoenix
- Infamous athletes who did the most time for their crimes
- Diet, exercise and aspirin: 3 tools to fight colon cancer
- 2016 baseball highlights, bloopers and blunders
- See how CFOs really feel about business in the Valley
- The best television shows on the internet
- The 5 worst things you could do for your roof
- 6 coolest things brewing in Arizona