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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Teachers not matching licenses at Henderson charter school

Posted at 7:41 PM, Apr 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-29 00:23:31-04

A whistleblower at a Henderson charter school contacted 13 Action News saying some of their teachers are not licensed for what they are teaching.

Six teachers at Pinecrest Academy's Horizon campus do not have licensing that matches what they teach. Three full-time teachers only have substitute licenses. Three other teachers have licenses for a different grade level or subject than the one they are teaching.

13 Action News reached out to Lisa Satory, the principal at Pinecrest Horizon. She said the teacher shortage and staff changes during the year forced to hire teachers with only a substitute license. It's an issue we've covered throughout the Las Vegas valley.

Satory said their "data reflects strong growth," and they do their best to provide the best education.

According to the Nevada Department of Education, what is happening at Pinecrest Horizon is not illegal, as long as it's happening because of a teacher shortage. They also said substitute teachers have as long as they need to work toward their full-time license.

The only time a school runs into trouble is if they have a substitute is in class for more than 20 days. At that point, the school has to let parents know.

13 Action News reached out to the Nevada Charter School Authority, but they did not get back to us by deadline.