Successfully Maintained Principal’s Credential Amid Serious Allegations Involving Mandated Reporting

A principal was brought before the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (“CTC”) based on allegations that he failed to fulfill his mandated reporter obligations. This was a highly publicized case in which a involved teacher received a severe criminal sanction. The District reported to the CTC that the employee failed to file a report with Children and Family Services based on information he had received. This is a very serious allegation. Haight presented evidence by way of documentation and declaration, as well as a nuanced legal argument demonstrating that the principal had no obligation to file a report. Based on the foregoing CTC did not require the Principal to face a hearing and his teaching credential remained fully intact. This is an important decision because CTC regularly dismisses credentials outright when there is even the allegation that a mandated reporter failed to fulfill their obligation.