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Gibbs High teacher won't face additional sanctions

TALLAHASSEE — A Gibbs High School teacher accused of stuffing a ballot box to get her niece elected homecoming queen in 2006 avoided further state penalties Friday after she completed her original punishment from the Department of Education.

As part of her January 2009 settlement with the state, Sharion Thurman agreed to pay a $500 fine and take a college-level ethics course within the first year of a two-year probationary period. She was called before a state panel that disciplines teachers because she had not paid the fine nor completed the course as of February.

But education officials on Friday recommended against further sanctions because she had done both since then.

She paid the fine on April 22, the same day the St. Petersburg Times published a follow-up story about her case. A transcript arrived Thursday showing an ‘A’ grade for the online ethics course through St. Petersburg College. Thurman must still complete a teacher evaluation and pay a small fine by July, but her punishment is largely finished.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:01am]


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