Court: State Board Was Wrong To Permanently Revoke License

The board last year found that Sherry Orth violated the state's professional-conduct rules because she injured a student, failed to properly report the incident and did not immediately administer first aid.(Photo: Columbus City Schools)
The board last year found that Sherry Orth violated the state's professional-conduct rules because she injured a student, failed to properly report the incident and did not immediately administer first aid.(Photo: Columbus City Schools)

An appeals court says a Columbus City Schools special-needs preschool teacher shouldn’t have permanently lost her teaching license after her attempt to restrain a 4-year-old student left bloody scrapes on the boy’s back.

The Franklin County Court of Appeals judge ruled that the sanction by the Ohio Board of Education calls into question whether teachers should be punished for making a “reasonable exercise” in professional judgment.

The board last year found that Sherry Orth violated the state’s professional-conduct rules because she injured a student, failed to properly report the incident and did not immediately administer first aid.

In a ruling last week, Judge Gary Tyack directed the case back to the state for a new decision. Officials have not decided yet how to proceed.

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