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The Utah Board of Education agreed Friday to repeal and replace teacher discipline rules that were challenged in a lawsuit by the Utah Education Association.
Board members discussed a settlement agreement in closed session Friday morning, before voting 11-4 to approve the agreement during the regular meeting that day.
The settlement puts an end to a legal challenge by the UEA, filed in December, which claimed that new rules for the adjudication and discipline of teacher misconduct violated educators' rights and state law.
The agreement also included disciplinary actions for six educators, ranging from letters of reprimand and warning to the revocation and surrender of teaching licenses.
Board members did not debate the disciplinary procedures that will change under the settlement agreement prior to their vote,
But board member Jennifer Johnson expressed concern about the disciplinary action for one of the six educators.
She did not specify which case, but said the punishment was too lenient for allegations of inappropriate sexual contact with a student.
"I just really worry that there might be additional victims," Johnson said.