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Remember Jennifer Porter?



She pleaded guilty to avoid prison time in a 2004 hit and run that left two children dead and two others injured. She got two years of community control, three years of probation, 500 hours of community service work and an order to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. She lost her teaching job at Muller Elementary School in Tampa, too.

But the Pasco County resident held on to her Florida teaching license, which doesn't expire until 2008. At least for now. The state Education Practices Commission will consider yanking Porter's certificate at its April 20 meeting in Tampa. To see the complaint against her, click here. So far, Porter has not even responded to the Department of Education's notice that it will review her case. That doesn't mean she can't fight it, though. All she has to do is show up at the hearing, which is scheduled to begin 8:30 a.m. (Porter's item is No. 42 out of 44) at the Embassy Suites Tampa Airport.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:15am]


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