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Pasco teacher who tried to commit suicide at school can keep her job



It's now official. Pasco reading teacher Patti Withers can remain teaching Florida schools.

The Florida Education Practices Commission upheld the recommendations of a state administrative law judge by agreeing to place Withers on two years of probation rather than canceling her teaching certificate. Withers also will have a letter placed in her file, and must attend a counseling program.

Pasco superintendent Heather Fiorentino tried to fire Withers three years ago after Withers attempted suicide in her portable classroom at Pasco High School. The School Board rejected that move, saying Withers needed help instead.

While awaiting final disposition on her case, Withers has been teaching at Wiregrass Ranch High School, where she will remain in the fall.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:26am]


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