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LA school district to report all teacher misconduct cases to state

The Los Angeles Unified School District will report all teachers accused of misconduct to the California teacher credentialing commission, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

On Wednesday, School District Superintendent John Deasy ordered his staff to go through personnel files from the last four years and submit all discipline cases to the state, the Times reported.

The reports could involve hundreds of teachers and alleged misconduct cases could range from excessive absenteeism to sexual abuse, the paper reported.

The action comes a day after the Times reported that a substitute teacher was able to continue teaching for three years in a different school district after being investigated three times by the LAUSD for allegations of sexual misconduct with students.

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California school districts are required to report teachers  who leave or change jobs as a result of allegations against them to the state teacher credentialing commission , the Times reported. The commission identifies problem teachers who apply for jobs in new districts.

The district waited nearly a year to notify the commission that it had moved to dismiss a former Miramonte Elementary School teacher charged with lewd conduct with students, NBC Los Angeles reported. After a second teacher at that school was arrested, the district replaced the entire staff.

Mark Berndt, the teacher at the center of the shocking Miramonte child sex-abuse scandal, was paid $40,000 by the Los Angeles Unified School District in June of 2011 as part of a settlement. KNBC-TV's Joel Grover reports.


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