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State panel orders Macias' education license revoked

(WCAX)
Published: Feb. 14, 2019 at 4:54 PM EST
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A state hearing panel on Thursday revoked the education license of former Burlington guidance director Mario Macias.

WCAX News has obtained the ruling from the special three-member panel that heard the case. The 18-page report details why the panel found Macias' license could be revoked.

Only three of the seven charges against Macias were substantiated. Those were the charges of creating a hostile working environment, incompetency at his job and contacting a student witness in the case.

He was cleared of charges that he falsified a student transcript, failed to maintain a professional relationship with a substitute teacher, revealed sensitive personal information of a student in front of others and didn't supervise an AP test properly.

But despite being cleared, the three counts that were substantiated were enough to allow the Vermont Agency of Education to revoke his teaching license.

Macias was the guidance director at Burlington High School. He appeared at a rarely held licensing hearings this fall with testimony lasting for hours, much of it behind closed doors.

Macias' lawyer argued that his client was targeted by a guidance department that didn't want to change.

WCAX News reached out to Macias' lawyer for comment. He said the decision was news to him and he needs to review it before making a statement.

Vermont Education Secretary Dan French weighed in shortly after WCAX News broke the news at 5 p.m. He thanked the investigation panel and said, "The decision, in this case, demonstrates the strengths of Vermont's licensing investigations process, where protecting our students is balanced against due process and transparency."

In a statement, the Burlington School District said: "Burlington School District has been made aware of the AOE's ruling concerning Mario Macias. At this time, our attorneys are reviewing the ruling and possible next steps. After consulting with District attorneys, BSD's Board of School Commissioners will make a final decision."

We have also reached out to the Burlington School Board for comment and had not yet heard back when this story was published.