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Problem Teachers Exposed

By Samantha A. Torrence     Dec 27, 2007 in World
A Florida Newspaper made public a previously private list of around 24,000 teachers who have had action taken against thier certifications. The NASDTEC list was made in hopes to keep problem teachers from jumping state to state.
The recently acquired a list of over 24,000 teachers from the Florida's Department of Education. A partial copy of the list was kept by the FDE and is now considered public record based on a Florida Statute. Previously this list was only available to NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification) members. A membership costs $395 dollars a year for early registration.
The Herald Tribune has posted the partial list on their website and have also included a search feature. The first and last name as well as birthday and state of each educator who has made the list for discrepancy with certification can be found. The action taken against the teacher was not obtained by the Herald Tribune however states can be contacted for the information.
California has the highest number of teachers on "the list" topping at 6000 educators that have had certifications revoked or denied upon reapplication. At the CTC website it states that any actions taken before 1989 may not be available for viewing unless you contact them.
Hawaii is reported to have only 2 educators on the list which raises the question if the full list is accurate based on state. Some states will include mild infractions like not repaying student loans, while some only report certifications denied based on criminal charges. Around 2,570 educators whose teaching credentials were revoked, denied, surrendered or sanctioned following allegations of sexual misconduct.
Roy Einreinhofer, NASDTEC's executive director, said the agreement with states that allows for the collection of the names of disciplined teachers is based on a promise that the list will be kept confidential. He opposed the newspaper's decision to publish the names. ( source)
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