MADISON (AP) - A Green Bay teacher convicted of killing his wife in 1984 on Thursday began his opposition to efforts by the state Department of Public Instruction to revoke his teaching license.
Robert Bulik, 42, a former junior high school special education teacher, testified the state renewed his licenses in 1988 while he was still in prison, leading him to believe he continue teaching after his incarceration.
He told a state examiner that the DPI's effort to revoke the license now was unreasonable and unfair. If the hearing examiner rules against him, Bulik could appeal the matter to circuit court.
The state agency argues the license renewal was a mixup and the license should be revoked because Bulik's conviction on a charge of homicide by reckless conduct makes him an "inappropriate" role model for children.
Bulik was released from prison in March after serving about five years of a 10-year sentence. He is on state parole supervision until November 1994. He was convicted in 1985 for the death of his wife Pamela, 35, who was also a teacher.
Robert Paul, chief lawyer for the DPI, said the licenses of teachers convicted of crimes are routinely revoked.
The administrative rule governing licensing of teachers permits revocation when there is "clear and convincing" evidence the "immoral" conduct of a teacher may danger the health, safety or welfare of students, he said.
Jeanine Larson, hearing examiner, listened to testimony from both sides Thursday. She said she would submit a proposal within 30 days on whether to revoke Bulik's license.
The recommendation will be sent to State Schools Superintendent Herbert Grover, whose office will make a final decision, she said.
During the hearing, witnesses testifying for the state said educators and the community wouldn't be comfortable working with Bulik.
Bulik maintains his wife's death was accidental, claiming he was under the influence of carbon monoxide.
Mrs. Bulik's body was found in the bathtub of the couple's home in April 1984. Autopsy reports later revealed she drowned.
During the trial, the state claimed Bulik premeditated to kill his wife, first trying to poison her with carbon monoxide then drowning her in the family bathtub.
Bulik, however, contends he found his wife passed out in a car in the garage, apparently trying to kill herself. He says he put her in the bathtub to revive her.