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Former Pasco teacher who came to school drunk reaches deal with state



NelsonKylene Nelson resigned her job as a Pasco County middle school teacher shortly after she was found drunk at school in March.

Now she has reached a settlement agreement with the Florida Department of Education that could see her back in a classroom after a lengthy suspension.

In it, Nelson agrees to have her teaching license suspended through June 2013. During that period, she may not be employed by any public school or hold any position that requires a Florida teaching certificate.

She may, however, renew her certificate in case she chooses to return to teaching after her suspension ends. If Nelson does go that route, she would face an additional three years of probation. Conditions would include substance abuse counseling and fines.

Nelson faced penalties up to full revocation of her certificate. The Education Practices Commission will take up the settlement when it meets later in October.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:38am]


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