Bill: End Cover up Of Teacher Misconduct

Bill would end coverup of teacher misconduct

A bill pending in the state Legislature would end the practice of allowing teachers accused of misconduct to quietly resign and go to work for another school district.

Instead, local school districts would be required to promptly report allegations of professional misconduct to the state Board of Education, which may deny, suspend, revoke or limit educator licenses.

Sponsoring state Representative Tom Raga of Mason says he was surprised that this isn't required already. The case of a former Springboro High School teacher spurred Raga to take up the issue. While on a field trip last spring to New York City, the teacher was accused of several acts of misconduct, including pouring ice water on a female student while she showered and drinking alcohol in front of students.

Facing possible dismissal, the teacher agreed to resign in exchange for a pledge by Springboro officials to not report him to the state and to keep the allegations out of his file.

Raga said this is not an uncommon practice in Ohio public schools.