Former Topeka mayor denied teaching license

TOPEKA, Kan. | The Kansas State Board of Education has refused to grant a teaching license to a former Topeka mayor who served time in prison.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported on its Web site that Doug Wright said he was “very disappointed” after the board’s 6-4 vote Tuesday. Wright said he had been “rehabilitated.”

The former lawyer served about 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he stole thousands of dollars from his aunt and the Topeka Lawyers Club. He had the 2003 convictions expunged from his record in March.

Wright told The Capital-Journal in November that he was inspired to teach after helping fellow Lansing prison inmates with sentencing issues.

Wright pursued an education degree and was a student teacher at a high school in Topeka.