if you have a DUI record do they deny your teaching certificate --- if you don't report it do they also deny your teaching certificate
Teachers in Wyoming are licensed and regulated by the Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board.
PTSB requires disclosure of any and all criminal violations (excluding specified minor traffic matters -- NOT including DUI) in the renewal application. PTSB verifies through State criminal history and FBI records the info provided by the renewing licensee. A single DUI is unlikely to cause a revocation of a State teaching credential. A failure to disclose matter that is required to be disclosed is generally viewed as a serious breach of integrity and can be the cause of severe license discipline including loss or suspension of the credential. Here is a link to the PTSB web-site for further specifics:
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Ms. McCall is absolutely correct. Having a DUI will not necessarily cause you to lose your license to teach, but failing to disclose it and getting caught will probably cause a suspended license and/or fines by the board. The space for disclosure also allows for an explanation, even if you don't have a good excuse for the DUI, if you make it clear that you are following the sentencing requirements and have undergone whatever dependency evaluations are necessary, there probably won't be any consequences.
You can always appeal any adverse decision by the board under the Administrative Procedure Act as an abuse of discretion or not supported by the facts. There are other grounds, but those two are the most common. The District court in Laramie county would then review the findings. That's a worst case scenario, and telling the Board is still going to be your best idea.
Best of luck,
Shannon K. McDonald
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