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Former Tempe Councilman Kolby Granville Surrenders Teaching Certification

Former Tempe City Councilman Kolby Granville has surrendered his teaching certification. 

Tempe Preparatory Academy  fired Granville from teaching in December 2017. Three former students of the charter school accused Granville, who was not their direct teacher, of making unwanted sexual advances and providing them alcohol while they were underage after they graduated. Granville denied the allegations to the Arizona Republic. 

Phoenix police investigated and  didn’t file charges after the three alleged victims declined to aid in prosecution. 

The Tempe City Council  voted to remove Granvillefrom office earlier this year. 

“I believe the women,” said Councilwoman Lauren Kuby at the April 13 public meeting. “Councilmember Granville has lost the trust of this body and the trust of the community.” 

The Arizona Department of Education also investigated Granville, but he surrendered his certification in August, which pre-empted a public hearing. 

The State Board of Education will vote on whether to accept Granville’s surrender Monday, Sept. 23. 

The surrender means Granville is ineligible to teach in an Arizona public K-12 school for at least five years. A teacher who surrenders their certification is not admitting guilt.

Granville did not respond to a request for comment.

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Mariana Dale rustles up stories as a senior field correspondent based out of KJZZ’s East Valley Bureau in Tempe. She’s followed a microphone onto cattle ranches, to the Dominican Republic and many places in between. Dale believes in a story’s strength to introduce us to diverse perspectives, inspire curiosity and hold public leaders accountable for their actions. She started at KJZZ on the digital team in 2016 and still spends a lot of time thinking about how to engage with our community online. Dale has learned from stints at Arizona Public Media, The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic and as an intern at NPR’s Morning Edition in Culver City. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Dale is grateful for the mentoring of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, the Chips Quinn Scholars program and AIR’s New Voices Scholars. A desert native, she loves spending time outside hiking, tending to her cactus and reading.