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Former Pasco teacher's certificate yanked

Former Pasco County Spanish teacher Angelica Cruikshank no longer can teach in the state of Florida.

The state Education Practices Commission permanently revoked Cruikshank's teaching certificate in its April meeting. School district officials informed the School Board late last week.

The Board fired Cruikshank in September 2012, amid allegations that she snooped into students' Facebook pages and retaliated against some of the teens, whom she believed made disparaging remarks about her. Then-superintendent Heather Fiorentino recommended the dismissal, which Cruikshank appealed to the board. After a lengthy public hearing, including testy testimony by the teacher and statements by one parent that Cruikshank bullied his daughter, board members said they were unconvinced that Cruikshank was acting in students' interest, as she claimed.

She has not been in a classroom since February 2012, when the complaints against her first surfaced.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:50pm]


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