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Immoral or unprofessional conduct   

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Whenever the holder of a credential issued by the State Board of Education or the Commission on Teacher Credentialing is charged with immoral or unprofessional conduct or evident unfitness for service or persistent defiance of, and refusal to obey, the laws regulating the duties of his or her position, the commission in its discretion after notifying the person charged of its intention to do so, may require the county board of education of the county in which he or she is serving or has last served to give notice of, and conduct, a hearing of the charges in the manner prescribed by law for the hearing of charges for private admonition, or for the revocation or suspension of a certificate by a county board of education.

The county board of education, after the hearing, shall report to the commission its findings, and a summary of the evidence, and shall make a definite recommendation concerning the revocation or suspension of the credential.

Upon receipt of a copy of the findings, summary of evidence, and recommendation, the commission may privately admonish the holder of the credential, or suspend or revoke the credential for the causes stated, or order the charges dismissed.

(Amended by Stats. 2009, Ch. 53, Sec. 8.)