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TEACHERS: State should investigate teacher miconduct cases

Letter by Colin O. Guthrie, Tacoma on Jan. 3, 2011 at 10:21 am | 5 Comments »
January 3, 2011 10:21 am

Re: “Teacher to appeal license suspension” (TNT, 12-30).

A case in Morton shows problems with what is done when teachers show unprofessional conduct. Currently, individual districts conduct their own investigation, which proves that they don’t always do it correctly. OSPI’s office of Professional Practices currently provides a website with a current list of teachers with disciplinary actions, but it is not always accessed.

If a teacher is suspected of any form of misconduct, the investigation must be conducted by the state, which will decide if the conduct of the teacher warrants any disciplinary action. What actions the state has made should automatically be available not only to school districts, but also parents.

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