State Audit Faults Ariz. Barber Board for Lapses
A state performance audit released Aug. 4 criticizes the Arizona State Board of Barbers for a number of lapses related to licensing, inspections and conflicts of interest. According to the audit, the board failed to verify some licensure requirements for 21 of 33 initial and renewal applications reviewed by auditors. It did not inspect all barber shops and schools annually in calendar years 2019 and 2020, as required. It also has not adhered to several conflict-of-interest requirements, including requiring staff and board members to sign an annual disclosure form. The board will be combined with Arizona’s cosmetology board in 2022.
Kan. Lawmaker Loses Teaching License for Kicking Student
A Kansas lawmaker has surrendered his substitute teacher’s license following an accusation that he kicked a high-school student in the groin. According to the Associated Press, Republican state Rep. Mark Samsel, 36, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges related to the April 28 incident during art class at a high school in Wellsville. Samsel, a lawyer who has served in the House since 2019, said Aug. 5 that stress caused him to have “an isolated episode of mania with psychotic features” in the classroom.
Iowa Superintendent Sanctioned for Defying COVID Law
The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners has given Des Moines school Superintendent Tom Ahart a letter of reprimand for keeping classes online during the first two weeks of the 2020-21 school year in violation of state law. At the time, according to the Des Moines Register, state law required districts to offer 50% in-person instruction. The Des Moines School Board voted in May not to extend Ahart’s contract beyond June 2023.
After Murder, Ariz. Group Home May Lose License
The Arizona Department of Health Services has moved to revoke the license of a group home in which one resident murdered another this spring, according to 12News.com. On April 21, Christopher Lambeth, who had been convicted in 2007 of murdering his grandparents, killed a fellow resident of Tilda Manor. Lambeth and the victim were unsupervised in the home, which is licensed to provide around-the-clock supervision. The state health services department subsequently conducted an investigation and issued 23 citations for non-compliance with state rules. In July, it filed a notice to revoke the Gilbert, Ariz., home’s license.
Iowa Nursing Board Sees Increase in Scam Calls to Licensees
The Iowa Board of Nursing has reported an increase in scam calls to its licensees, according to CBC. The call, which purports to come from the board, tells licensees that the FBI has connected them to drugs seized in Texas. The intent of the call is to collect personal information.
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