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Tag: teacher discipline

Sep.
16th

What does it take to get a bad teacher out of the classroom?

Back when Michael Moulton was in the news, I requested the Morton teacher’s disciplinary file from the state’s Office of Professional Practices. The state sent me the records today.

They’re doozies. You could say that Moulton has a problem with boundaries: He is apparently incapable of keeping his hands off students or consistently exercising sound judgment. The district and state have long known this about Moulton, yet have done little until recently to shield students.

Washington issued Moulton a teaching certificate in 1992 and according to state records, it didn’t take long for students to start complaining about him. In 1997, Moulton received a written reprimand for, among other things, asking students to rub or scratch his back and getting students to “sing songs with students’ names in a derogatory manner.”

Moulton received another warning in 1999 from the Morton superintendent for calling two female high students inappropriate nicknames, saying he loved them and touching them on the back, shoulders, arm and waist.

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Jan.
19th

Coming Wednesday: Medicare reimbursements, Tacoma teacher discipline

Here’s what we’re working on for tomorrow:

Congress can’t begin to reform health care without reforming Medicare, which accounts for one in every five dollars spent on health care. And Congress can’t begin to reform Medicare without overhauling its reimbursement system, which rewards inefficiency and punishes states with a record of providing high-quality and low-cost care.

How many times does a Tacoma teacher have to push students around before he’s removed from the classroom? The answer should be once.