(a) After a preliminary investigation authorized by Code Section 20-2-984.4, the commission shall review the report of the investigator and either determine that no further action need be taken or recommend that a particular disciplinary action be imposed. This determination shall not take longer than 60 days from receipt of the findings of the preliminary investigation.
(b) Prior to the expiration of that 60 day period referred to in
subsection (a) of this Code section, the commission may extend the
review period if unusual and compelling circumstances render it
impracticable for the commission to complete its review within such
period. Any such order shall recite with particularity the
circumstances which render it impracticable for the commission to
complete its review within such period. Any such extension by the
commission shall be for a period of time not to exceed 30 days.
Prior to the expiration of the extended review period, the review
period may be further extended by further order of the commission
for one additional period not to exceed 30 days if unusual and
compelling circumstances render it impracticable to complete the
review within the extended review period. Such further order
further extending the review period shall likewise recite with
particularity the circumstances which render it impracticable for
the commission to complete its review within the review period as
(c) If the commission finds that there is probable cause for
imposing a sanction against the educator, it may recommend any
combination of the following:
(1) That the educator be warned, reprimanded, monitored, or any
combination thereof; or
(2) That the certificate of the educator be suspended or revoked.
(d) In a contested case, if the commission determines that probable cause exists to impose a sanction against an educator, a hearing shall be held pursuant to Code Section 50-13-41. Based on the findings of fact and conclusions of law of the administrative law judge as provided in that Code section, the commission may take any combination of the actions referred to in subsection (c) of this Code section.
(e) If after reviewing the findings of the preliminary investigation
the commission finds that no probable cause exists to recommend
disciplinary action or the educator investigated is exonerated after
a hearing, then all records of the commission's investigation and of
any hearing by the Department of Education or the State Board of
Education, including all reports received pursuant to this
subsection, made pursuant to this Code section and pertaining to the
educator investigated shall be completely expunged.
(f) In addition to making recommendations pursuant to subsection (c)
of this Code section, the commission may provide consultative
services pertaining to the teaching profession to anyone who has a
vested interest in education and make recommendations to the state
board or to local boards which will promote an improvement in the
teaching profession. The commission shall be authorized to hold
meetings for the purposes of determining recommendations pursuant to
this subsection; and, at such meetings, the commission may receive
testimony from educators or other persons interested in the
improvement of the teaching profession; but the powers provided by
subsection (d) of this Code section may not be exercised pursuant to
the authority of this subsection.