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St. Paul officials investigate how 2 arts teachers were hired without licenses

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An investigation has been launched into how two teachers at a St. Paul arts school had been hired despite them not having teaching licenses.

The St. Paul School District says that Creative Arts High School has been employing teachers on its elective Photography and Beginning Recording Arts classes who had no waivers to teach, KSTP reports.

A district spokesperson described them to KARE 11 as non-licensed paraprofessionals, adding they did not know how long they have been teaching.

But KSTP says that the two teachers, identified as Cadex Herrera and Adam Bucher, have been at the school since at least 2009. With the Pioneer Press noting Bucher was hired in 1999 and Herrera in 2000.

According to the Pioneer Press, the discovery saw the school's principal and assistant principal placed on leave while the matter was investigated, although they have since returned.

Meanwhile, Herrera and Bucher have been allowed to continue teaching for now, but under the supervision of licensed teachers.

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The school in downtown St. Paul has around 400 students, about a quarter of whom are special education pupils, while more than 80 percent of students are on free or reduced lunches.

The Pioneer Press notes students won't lose credits and it won't affect anyone who is due to graduate this spring, but one student due to leave in the summer might have to do some more work to graduate.

The school district told the newspaper it is now trying to figure out how the two teachers were hired, and though there is "no reason to believe" paraprofessionals are teaching elsewhere in the district, other schools may be part of the investigation.

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