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Can Teachers Lose their Licenses in Wisconsin?

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​Teachers in Milwaukee can be fired for gross misconduct – including things like contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sexual relationships with students and even marrying a former student – and still hang on to their teaching licenses.

How does that sound to you?

Losing a license is a big deal, but in some cases, it’s absolutely appropriate – particularly if children could be endangered.

Being Fired Doesn’t Mean Revocation of License

As an attorney, I’m always looking at whether there’s a law that governs any type of behavior that results in someone being fired or from losing a professional license. When it comes to teachers, though, they’re bound by the guidelines set forth by the Department of Public Instruction

In many Wisconsin cases, teachers and principals who are fired for misconduct don’t end up losing their licenses; further, some win back their licenses after appeals.

Recent cases of teachers who kept their Wisconsin teaching licenses might surprise you:
  • A teacher who resigned after marrying a former student

There have been nearly 30 investigations for misconduct Wisconsin-wide over the last five years, and if the trend continues, there could be several more this coming school year.

What do you think the DPI should count as grounds for revocation of licenses? Should any teacher fired for misconduct have to face a board, or is the system working fine as-is? I’d love to hear your take on it, so please leave your ideas in the comments.

Attorney Carlos A. Gamiño 

​Attorney Carlos A. Gamiño is a criminal defense lawyer who has a keen interest in keeping up with the issues that affect the Milwaukee community, and teachers losing their licenses – or not losing them, in some cases – is certainly a hot topic for lawyers and the community-at-large.

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