Charlottesville, VA. (May 10, 2016) – An estimated one out of ten K-12 students will experience school employee sexual misconduct during their school career. Now a Charlottesville-based education research firm is leading a national study to examine how schools respond to such incidents. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) has awarded a $445,000 research grant to Magnolia Consulting, LLC as part of its Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, a federal program that in 2015 awarded $69 million in grants to study the causes and consequences of school violence. Study results will inform efforts to improve policies and programs that protect children.
BROKEN DISCIPLINE TRACKING SYSTEMS LET TEAHCER FLEE TROUBLED PASTS
February 09, 2016
An investigation by the USA TODAY NETWORK found fundamental defects in the teacher screening systems used to ensure the safety of children in the nation's more than 13,000 school districts.
The patchwork system of laws and regulations — combined with inconsistent execution and flawed information sharing between states and school districts — fails to keep teachers with histories of serious misconduct out of classrooms and away from schoolchildren. At least three states already have begun internal investigations and audits based on questions raised during the course of this investigation.
Over the course of a year, the USA TODAY NETWORK gathered the databases of certified teachers and disciplined teachers using the open records laws of each of the 50 states. Additionally, journalists used state open records laws to obtain a private nationwide discipline database that many states use to background teachers.
L.A. school district reaches $88-million settlement in sex misconduct cases at two campuses
The L.A. school district will pay $88 million to settle sexual misconduct cases at two campuses, including to victims of former De La Torre Elementary School teacher Robert Pimentel, who pleaded no contest to abusing four girls. (Gina Ferazzi)
More than 200 victims. At least 90 legal claims. At least 67 private schools in New England. This is the story of hundreds of students sexually abused by staffers, and emerging from decades of silence today.
7 Iowa teachers guilty of sex abuse get no prison time
Some Iowa teachers convicted of sexually abusing students have been placed on probation rather than sentenced to prison, despite a state law requiring they spend time behind bars, a Des Moines Register investigation has found.