Teacher who was in porn films must decide whether to appeal firing
Jan 19, 2013 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The Oxnard teacher who was fired for appearing in porn movies has until Feb. 13 to decide whether to appeal a decision dismissing her from the classroom, school officials said.
The Commission on Professional Competence, in a 47-page report dated Jan. 3, found that Stacie Halas, 32, was unfit to teach eighth-grade science at Haydock Intermediate School and ordered her dismissal.
Although Halas filmed the scenes in 2005 and 2006, before she was employed at the middle school, the ongoing availability of the videos will continue to hamper her ability to be an effective teacher, Judge Julie Cabos-Owen wrote.
Halas can appeal the dismissal order to Ventura County Superior Court, her attorney Richard Schwab told The Times. He didn't know if Halas would do so.
On Wednesday, the Oxnard School District Board of Trustees moved to terminate her administrative pay as of Feb. 13. The board fired Halas in April after students discovered her pornographic films.
Halas then appealed the board's decision to the Commission on Professional Competence, which ruled against her.
Feb. 13 is "the last day for her to file an appeal in Superior Court, which runs for 30 days from the ruling," said Tom DeLapp, school district spokesman.
"We have no indication whether she will pursue this option."
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