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LAUSD Files 110 Teacher Misconduct Reports With State in About a Week—Half of What They Filed Last Year

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For the past few weeks, the LAUSD has been furiously going through its personnel files trying to find any reports of teacher misconduct that they might have missed in the past.What's it doing with those files? It's sending them onto the state commission on teacher credentialing. Earlier the district admitted that it broke the law by not reporting the investigation into Mark Berndt to the state commission.

So far the district dug up 110 complaints about teachers and most of them are new, according to KPCC:

From Feb. 22 through March 2, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing received 110 reports from LAUSD, more than half of the 210 opened cases from district reports in fiscal year 2010-11, said Nanette Rufo, general counsel and director of the Division of Professional Practices reported to the commission Thursday. Of the 110 cases, 83 were not previously reported by LAUSD, Rufo said.

More cases could be on the way, which is creating a lot of extra work for the commission, Rufo said: "It’s a substantial increase in workload for us," Rufo said in an interview. "At this point in time we don’t have an estimate from the school district about how many reports they’ll be sending us."The commission has already gone through 30 cases. Half of them deal with physical abuse and a quarter deal with allegations of inappropriate touching, sexual harassment or other inappropriate relationships with students.