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Nearly 400 Cases of Alleged LAUSD Teacher Misconduct from Last 40 Years Will Be Investigated
The Los Angeles Unified School District has been doing their homework: A review of teacher misconduct allegations over the past 40 years has yielded 591 cases, according to the Pasadena Star News.LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy ordered the massive review of files in February in the wake of the Miramonte Elementary scandal centered around Mark Berndt, who is accused of engaging youngsters in a sexually explicit "tasting game" in the classroom. Deasy, Miramonte, and the LAUSD came under fire for how they handled such claims against faculty and staff.
Of the nearly 600 cases, officials with the state credentialing committee have sorted out which ones they are able to delve deeper into. Here's how the numbers break down:
Officials said 103 of the allegations had previously been reported and the agency lacked the authority to handle 122 others. That leaves 366 to be formally investigated, a number that is likely to climb as principals wrap up their work and the district transmits more files to the teacher licensing agency.
An investigation typically takes six months, so it could be years before all the over 300 cases get their formal probe. It takes a lot of manpower to do the digging, as the review period proved, and as the forthcoming investigations will likely demonstrate as well, but Deasy says it's worth it.
"We can never again have a situation where teachers are in a position to do harm to our students," he told the Star-News.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.