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CA Teacher Credentialing Questioned

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 7:43am

While teachers lined the hallways of the state Capitol Tuesday to protest budget cuts, the panel that oversees their credentials faced scrutiny from a legislative committee.

The hearing was prompted by a State Audit that found the Commission on Teacher Credentialing had a backlog of thousands of reports involving alleged teacher misconduct. That included serious allegations such as exposing students to pornography.

Democratic Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he’s considering legislation to reorganize the commission and improve its performance. “The lives of school children are literally put in danger by an agency that seems to show no sense of urgency in protecting our kids,” said Steinberg.

Ting Sun chairs the commission. She believes members are working to improve practices, saying “it is inexcusable for this agency to sit on any documentation no matter what level of seriousness of the alleged misconduct.”

The State Audit found that in some cases, it took years for a teacher’s credential to be revoked.

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