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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 with 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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  1. BlaineCGarver says:

    LMAO…Yes, indeed. Olympia has shown it’s self SO capable to handle education matters. Since when does a professional NOT have the means to reform and begin to ply his trade once again. This state puts dangerous sex offenders into mainstream neighborhoods when they have been released. This fellow in Morton has probably done nothing more than be stupid.

  2. cclngthr says:

    Currently the state does not investigate, individual districts do their own investigation and a letter of complaint is mailed to OSPI if the district feels the need. ALL cases of misconduct should be investigated by OSPI.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    cclngthr: Yes…the OP wanted the state to investigate everytime….I disagreed.

  4. cclngthr says:

    So you feel teachers who are accused, and the misconduct is proven, should be able to keep the certificate? I don’t think they should.

    I was involved, somewhat in the Jennifer Rice case after she was placed on leave. I covered her class until they found a replacement. If Rice was investigated by the state after she was placed on leave when she worked at Bethel SD, she would not have been hired at Yelm, AND Tacoma. Her certificate likely would have been revoked/suspended then, and if she applied for jobs elsewhere, that suspension/revocation/reapplication would be on her permanent record. In the case of Moulton, IF the state were the one investigating his first accusation, his certification would be on the line, and if it were suspended then, the district would be obligated to see if he was fit for classroom duty and can make the choice not to use him.

  5. cc — How come you can write a short, succinct editorial when your real name is attached to it but when you post in the comments section you can’t get your point across in less than 4 inches???

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