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Michele Taylor's suspension upheld after appeal

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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.

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