Michele Taylor's suspension upheld after appeal - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Michele Taylor's suspension upheld after appeal

Posted: Updated:

YAKIMA, Wash.-- An administrative law judge has upheld the suspension of Michele Taylor's teaching certificate.
 
The former East Valley High School teacher was trying to get reinstated after she was cleared on charges of having sex with one of her students back in 2009. 

The decision means Taylor will not be able to return to her job for the upcoming school year.

This all started three years ago when Taylor was accused of having a relationship with two of her students.

Court documents showed a long list of text messages between them and one student came forward saying the two had sex.

She was later acquitted of the criminal charges but her teaching certificate was suspended for a year after the East Valley School District wasn't able to fire her.

She's been working to get it back ever since.

The district's attorney says they're happy with the outcome.

"We feel good about the ruling. As you know, we had sought termination and so it's short of what we had sought. We still believe that termination was the appropriate remedy given the egregious nature of the conduct," said Michael Patterson, attorney for the East Valley School District.

Patterson says Taylor and her attorney can still file another appeal in Superior Court to continue to fight the suspension.

He says the district has spent quite a bit of money on this case, but they say it's worth it to continue to protect their students.

We did try to contact Taylor's attorney, but our calls were not returned.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Yakima NewsYakima News TodayMore>>

  • US Marshals Task Force arrests wanted gang affiliate in Yakima

    US Marshals Task Force arrests wanted gang affiliate in Yakima

    Thursday, November 15 2018 9:28 PM EST2018-11-16 02:28:57 GMT
    YAKIMA, WA – On Wednesday, the United States Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) was working in Yakima trying to locate and arrest 41-year-old Elijio Mendoza. Mendoza was wanted by the Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC) for Failure to Report. He is a known gang affiliate, who is classified as a High Violent Offender.  The PNVOTF had surveillance of a house in south Yakima and tried to arrest Mendoza....More >>
    YAKIMA, WA – On Wednesday, the United States Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force (PNVOTF) was working in Yakima trying to locate and arrest 41-year-old Elijio Mendoza. Mendoza was wanted by the Washington State Department of Corrections (WDOC) for Failure to Report. He is a known gang affiliate, who is classified as a High Violent Offender.  The PNVOTF had surveillance of a house in south Yakima and tried to arrest Mendoza....More >>
  • New Goodwill coming to Kennewick

    New Goodwill coming to Kennewick

    Thursday, November 15 2018 8:44 PM EST2018-11-16 01:44:59 GMT
    KENNEWICK: Good news for all of you bargain shoppers out there, Goodwill is opening a brand new store in Kennewick sometime next year. Thanks to a 3.1 million dollar loan and lots of planning, a very large patch of dirt will be home to a 20,000 square foot Goodwill; half warehouse and processing, half retail. The Kennewick store will be closing, however. You can still say, out with your old couches, TV's and clothing, and *into someone else's hands, just at a different location. ...More >>
    KENNEWICK: Good news for all of you bargain shoppers out there, Goodwill is opening a brand new store in Kennewick sometime next year. Thanks to a 3.1 million dollar loan and lots of planning, a very large patch of dirt will be home to a 20,000 square foot Goodwill; half warehouse and processing, half retail. The Kennewick store will be closing, however. You can still say, out with your old couches, TV's and clothing, and *into someone else's hands, just at a different location. ...More >>
  • Ballots are still being counted in Yakima

    Ballots are still being counted in Yakima

    Thursday, November 15 2018 8:08 PM EST2018-11-16 01:08:50 GMT

    The midterm elections were over a week ago, but more than 15,000 ballots in Yakima still haven't been counted. 

    More >>

    The midterm elections were over a week ago, but more than 15,000 ballots in Yakima still haven't been counted. 

    More >>