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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Final testimony in the hearing for an East Valley school teacher fighting to keep her teaching credentials is expected to wrap up this week.
Johnette Sullivan, the assistant deputy chief administrative law judge for the Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings heard testimony from Michele Taylor's husband, Kevin Taylor.
Michele Taylor was acquitted on all criminal charges in 2010 accusing her of having inappropriate relationships with two of her students.
Taylor's attorney Joe Evans says they are appealing the state's decision to suspend her teaching license.
"We believe her teaching certificate should not be suspended, and she should go back to work," Evans told KNDO-TV, Wednesday.
Evans says his client wants to continue teaching in East Valley.
"She has lived in the East Valley area her whole life, grew up here, went to school there, taught there for several years. And she would like to go back to the East Valley School District," Evans explained.
Oral arguments are scheduled to begin next week.
"Then written briefs will be submitted within two weeks. The judge will make a decision within 30 to 90 days," he said.
Taylor's hearing with the state began on May 21st.
According to the state, Taylor sent over 1,000 text messages to one student and more than 350 texts to student.
Last week, assistant attorney general Anne Shaw, who is representing the state, argued Taylor committed several acts of unprofessional conduct, adding that "she lacks good moral character and personal fitness" as defined in WAC 181.86.013.
Taylor remains on paid administrative leave from the school district.