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Idaho teacher who had kids mark faces to return to classroom

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jul 03 2013 11:33:03 AM MDT
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DECLO, Idaho -

An Idaho teacher who allowed her fourth-grade students to use markers to draw on the faces of six classmates who failed to meet their reading goals will return to the Declo school next fall.

Cassia County school board member Steve Lynch tells The Times-News that Summer Larsen's contract was renewed based on teacher evaluations performed by principal Rebecca Hunsaker, who recently retired.

The school district filed a complaint against Larsen with the Department of Education's Professional Standards Commission in November. DOE spokeswoman Melissa McGrath says there is no formal discipline in Larsen's file.

An investigation found nine students who didn't meet their reading goals were allowed to choose between staying in during recess or having their faces marked. Three chose to forgo recess.