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    National List Of Problem Teachers Is Now Public

    A confidential, nationwide list of 24,500 teachers who have been punished for a wide array of offenses was made available to the public Friday by a Florida newspaper.
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune created a searchable database of the teachers' names after waiting for years to gain access to the list. The paper began seeking the material as part of its earlier reporting on teacher sexual misconduct in Florida. It obtained the list from the Florida Department of Education.
    The list, gathered and maintained by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, does not provide any information on why any of the teachers were disciplined. Sexual misconduct, financial misconduct, criminal convictions and other misbehavior all can bring disciplinary actions against teacher licenses.
    more: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,317893,00.html

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    I'm sorry, when but when did teachers lose their right to privacy?

    As a teacher I find this news shocking and frightening. And no, I have nothing to hide.

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    Teachers are public employees. Holding a license is a priviledge which can be revoked. Actions which threaten your license should be public.

    Why should teachers be treated any differently than doctors and lawyers?

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    What does financial misconduct have to do with a teacher's ability to perform her job?

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    Is there a link to the list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ang50 View Post
    Teachers are public employees. Holding a license is a priviledge which can be revoked. Actions which threaten your license should be public.

    Why should teachers be treated any differently than doctors and lawyers?
    Is there a similar public list for doctors and lawyers of which I am unaware?

    I'm curious how you would "actions that threaten one's license".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ang50 View Post
    Teachers are public employees. Holding a license is a priviledge which can be revoked. Actions which threaten your license should be public.

    Why should teachers be treated any differently than doctors and lawyers?
    Exactly! Especially since these are people who are entrusted with your children... you should know and have every right to know something like this.

    “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsjonnob View Post
    Is there a link to the list?
    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article...NEWS/997571940

    My quick search on my state pulled up over 200... I looked at people under 30. Of the 8 I ran on my state's public records site, 5 were sex offenders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by absinthe View Post
    Is there a similar public list for doctors and lawyers of which I am unaware?

    I'm curious how you would "actions that threaten one's license".
    You can go to any state board website and check on your doctor/lawyer/dentist/PT, etc. and find out what, if any, actions have been taken against him/her, including malpractice suits.

    “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

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    Is a criminal arrest/conviction considered an "action taken"? Wondering.


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    Quote Originally Posted by absinthe View Post
    Is a criminal arrest/conviction considered an "action taken"? Wondering.
    Yes. I do know that with Dr's, if they are convicted of a crime, they lose their license automatically... at least in CA.

    “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by absinthe View Post
    What does financial misconduct have to do with a teacher's ability to perform her job?
    IMO financial misconduct would speak volumes on the teachers moral values. It may not hinder thier ability as a teacher. However, in this day and age with so many programs in schools dependant on fund raising because of tax cuts, I would be conserned if a teacher guilty of financial misconduct were in charge of an event to generate funds.

    I would not want my kids out their busting their humps to save a music or sporting activity only to have a teacher skimming. And if I knew that a teacher was guilty of financial misconduct, skimming would be the first thought to pop into my head.

    I honestly feel that if a teacher has been reprimanded I want to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by absinthe View Post
    Is there a similar public list for doctors and lawyers of which I am unaware?

    I'm curious how you would "actions that threaten one's license".
    LOL......

    If there were a similar list, our hospitals and courts systems would have to shut down!

    ...and it won't be looking good for the school systems...

    Georgia's Current Superintendent of the Year had an accident, some years ago, while driving a county vehicle and got a DUI...

    The car was repaired under the cover of darkness in the Board of Education's county transportation shop by a neighboring county's employee....

    News of this NEVER made the LIGHT OF DAY... (this is 'so I have been told', on more than one occasion, and on good authority...)IMO
    "Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance."~ Plato
    ~The above reflects only my opinion...

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    Quote Originally Posted by absinthe View Post
    I'm sorry, when but when did teachers lose their right to privacy?

    As a teacher I find this news shocking and frightening. And no, I have nothing to hide.
    I think it is a great idea. They need one place to go so they can see everyone who has had an issue with their teaching license. I am sure that teaching has had issues with problem teachers going from state to state to state, trying to get licenses if they have problems in one state. THis will cut down on that.
    I think with our babies, we have a RIGHT to know!!!! And if it is an action taken against you because of professional misconduct or issues with your licensure (censure, ect), then no, you agreed when you took that license that it would be made public on that "license"... its not a hidden thing. I also don't have ANY problem with parents being able to see this stuff too... I think they should have every right to, actually, to protect their children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagicRose99 View Post
    Yes. I do know that with Dr's, if they are convicted of a crime, they lose their license automatically... at least in CA.
    Interestingly I was listening to the radio today and they were talking about bad surgeries and doctors that abuse drugs and alcohol. This particular doctor was a plastic surgeon and he had been convicted of DUI on HIS WAY TO SURGERY.
    As long as he entered into a drug diversion type program he was free to practice without having to notify patients. This poor lady pretty much got butchered only to find out her doctor was in his third round of rehab that he had already flunked 3 times. She only found out later that he was in rehab for his DUI and they had smelled alcohol on him at one of her post op visits.
    I'll see if i can find the link. It was pretty shocking the stories of people who had been operated on by substance abusing docs and the fact that they were free to practice within the law.


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    Addicted Doctors Allowed to Treat Patients by Many State Medical Boards

    Date Published: Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
    Drug and alcohol addicted doctors are not barred from practicing medicine, even when state medical boards have confirmed their substance abuse problems. Most states have confidential substance abuse rehab programs allowing physicians to continue practicing medicine as long as they continue treatment; as many as 8,000 doctors may be in such programs. These arrangements remained under the public radar until California’s medical board ended its program when a review concluded the system failed to protect patients for medical malpractice or help addicted doctors. Opponents say the medical establishment uses confidential treatment to protect dangerous physicians
    Doctors accused of botching operations while in treatment have led to criticism of programs that allow physicians to keep their addictions confidential. Most addiction specialists favor allowing doctors to continue practicing while in confidential treatment, as does the American Medical Association. Supporters say patients harmed by doctors in treatment are rare and would pale next to leaving physicians no such option. “If you don’t have confidential participation, you don’t get people into the program,” said Sandra Bressler, the California Medical Association’s senior director for medical board affairs.

    California’s program ends June 30. If an alternate is not adopted, rules could revert back to the zero-tolerance policy in place when doctors with substance abuse problems were stripped of their licenses. Between 10-15% of physicians nationwide will have a substance abuse problem at some point in their lives, similar to that of the general population.
    http://www.newsinferno.com/archives/2236

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