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Former Stanhope Elmore AD keeps teaching certificate, settles for probation

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)

A former Stanhope Elmore High School athletic director has settled with Alabama State Department of Education after paying a teacher to change an athlete’s grades, according to a copy of the settlement. 

Jeff Foshee will have the opportunity to return to the classroom and high school athletics in the fall of 2018, the settlement says.

WSFA 12 News obtained a copy of Foshee’s settlement with the Alabama State Department of Education, documenting and acknowledging that Foshee paid Stanhope Elmore HS teacher, Abby Butler, to change a student athlete’s grade in 2016. 

“During the spring semester of 2016, while you were employed by the Elmore County Board of Education, you acted in a way that is immoral, unbecoming and indecent for an educator when you offered to pay, and did pay, Abby Butler, a teacher, at least $300 to ensure that [initials omitted], a student football player, would pass his classes.”

The agreement indicates this settlement allowed Foshee to avoid proposed revocation and non-renewal of his Alabama teaching certificate. The agreement imposes an 18 month probationary period of Foshee’s certification, attend an ethics training course at his expense and cooperate fully with any department investigations related to his case.

Foshee resigned from his position in 2016 after the incident was reported to the Alabama State Department of Education.

The Alabama State Department of Education is the third agency to issue a penalty related to this incident.  In June of 2016, the Alabama High School Athletic Association fined Stanhope Elmore and placed the school on probation, who stated Foshee committed ‘academic fraud’, and in February 2016, Foshee was cited for an ethics law violation, and paid 1 thousand dollars to satisfy the penalty.

Attorney Thomas Loper who represents Foshee says the settlement with ALSDE does not acknowledge wrongdoing. Foshee only settled to be able to go back to work. 

The Alabama State Department of Education confirms the matter pertaining to Butler has not been resolved.

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