Post by Logan on May 2, 2016 21:59:59 GMT -6
A bill supported by high-ranking General Assembly members would give Delaware regulators more power to revoke or suspend teacher licenses and make those sanctions more transparent.
"The bill came about because we're trying to do everything we can to project our children," said Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, main sponsor of the legislation.
The proposal comes after an investigation by The News Journal and USA Today Network found a patchwork of state licensing laws sometimes allows troubled teachers to slip through the cracks and back into the classroom.
The investigation found Delaware participates fully in a national index of sanctioned educators, but details of actions taken against teachers are kept out of public view. Delawareans can look up a teachers' names to see if licensing actions have been taken against them, but the law bars the Department Education from disclosing more information – like what offense caused them to lose their license.
Read more: www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/02/teacher-licenses/83839864/