States Lose Attempt to Keep Offender Teachers Secret

Friday the Sarasota Herald-Tribune published a searchable database from a nationwide list of 24,500 teachers who have been punished for a wide array of offenses. The SHT requested the information from the Florida Department of Education and then waited for years to gain access to the list.

The list was gathered and maintained by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification. Roy Einreinhofer, NASDTEC’s executive director, opposed the newspaper’s decision to publish the information.

A nationwide Associated Press investigation earlier this year sought five years of state disciplinary actions against teachers and the reasons behind them. In the years the AP studied, 2001 to 2005, roughly one-quarter of all disciplinary actions against teachers involved sexual misconduct.
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