• Board fires Vt. teacher facing sex charges
    The Associated Press | June 14,2013
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    BURLINGTON - The Burlington School Board has fired a high school Spanish teacher who's accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

    Giovanna Yaranga has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. She awaits trial.

    A lawyer for the school district told the Burlington Free Press that the board, at a closed-door hearing Tuesday, found the 44-year-old Yaranga guilty of conduct unbecoming a teacher. It also found she violated the district's sexual harassment policy.

    The city initially placed Yaranga on paid administrative leave following her arrest last month. Superintendent Jeanne Collins later issued her a written notice of an intended dismissal.

    Collins told The Free Press Yaranga had seven days to respond, but never contacted the district. She also did not attend Tuesday's disciplinary hearing.
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