Ex-porn star can be teacher

Monday , March 12, 2012 - 4:00 PM

Christina Veiga

MIAMI -- A former porn actor who was fired from his job as a Miami-Dade Public Schools substitute teacher can pursue teaching certification, a state commission has ruled.

Shawn Loftis is also trying to get his substitute teaching job back.

"Pornography is not against the law," said Loftis, 36.

The state's Education Practices Commission on Friday ruled that he can pursue a teaching certification, with probation and other conditions. A final order will be issued in the next several weeks, Jamie C. Mongiovi, a Florida Department of Education spokeswoman, wrote in an email.

Loftis was fired last year when administrators found out about his past in the adult film industry. Then Loftis said the state barred him from earning his teaching certification for five years.

Stressing his qualifications -- including a master's degree from the University of Miami in public administration -- Loftis said he wants his job back.

"The next step is Miami-Dade Public Schools. Now I'm going to fight to be reinstated because the state has determined that I'm allowed to teach," Loftis said.

Miami-Dade schools spokesman John Schuster said a teaching certificate doesn't guarantee a job with the district.



"It's important not to confuse certification with employment. Having a teaching certificate does not guarantee employment or re-employment. And school districts are under no obligation to provide employment to any individual just because he or she has a teaching certificate," Schuster said.

Loftis said that under the state decision, he'll be on probation for the next two years and has to get a mental evaluation.

"They want a therapist to say I'm no danger to children. And I don't mind doing that," he said.

Loftis was a substitute teacher until April 2011 at several county public schools, including Miami Beach Senior High, Nautilus Middle, Fienberg-Fisher K-8 Center and Miami Edison Middle.

He was fired for violating a School Board rule that states employees must "conduct themselves, both in their employment and in the community, in a manner that will reflect credit upon themselves and the school system."

Loftis said he currently lives in Michigan and has been unemployed since he was fired and sold his pornography company, World of Men.

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