Michael Downes Gives Up Teaching Certificate

Michael Downes
Michael Downes

By Wyatt Goolsby
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - Former Big Spring Superintendent Michael Downes will never work in a Texas public school again. That's after he gave up his teaching license this week which was also connected with an alleged sex scandal.

NewsWest 9 has learned on Tuesday, Downes voluntarily gave up his teaching license.

The Texas Education Agency has been investigating Downes since accusations surfaced that he had a relationship with a student while working at a Panhandle school more than a decade ago. This week, Downes talked to education officals and told them he wanted to put it all behind him.
Since Downes surrendered all of his teaching licenses, TEA officals now consider the case closed.

"I don't know why it happened," TEA Spokesperson Suzanne Marchman said. "I do know that in the order, Mr. Downes denied any of the allegiations that were made against him, but wanted this matter to be over with, so agreed to voluntarily surrender."

The Big Spring School District severed its ties with Downes back in June. They struck a deal, Downes resigned, and the school board paid out his contract.   

As far as the TEA goes, their investigation is over. At this point, no criminal charges have been filed against Downes. If there would be any charges, that would be up to police.