MSDE decision hammers MCPS for 15-year failure to fire teacher accused of child abuse
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) recently issued findings affirming MCPS’s long overdue decision to fire its long employed teacher for conduct, which in my opinion, amounts to no less than serial acts of child abuse and significantly inappropriate behaviors with children.
Occurring over a 15-year period, MCPS and other school districts have unwittingly allowed teachers to remain in classrooms even after investigation and findings of abuse.
The frankly amazing thing about this decision is that this particular teacher was somehow permitted to remain under the employ of the local school system and continued a pattern of highly suspect behavior with children while moving from school-to-school over a decade and a half. MSDE sharply rebuked MCPS for its failure to have terminated the perpetrator in the mid 1990s when the child abuse was first indicated by the state.
MSDE’s opinion asks that all Maryland school districts institute efforts that will promptly remove any teacher, identified through judicial process as child abuser, from the classroom. Well, we would hope so.
Read Maryland State Board of Education’s full opinion below.