ORLANDO, Fla. - Most teachers do a great job in the classroom, but 9 Investigates uncovered records showing hundreds of teachers have been disciplined by the state.
Eyewitness News first showed viewers video in June
“Her goal was to break him,” said the victim’s mother, Uvonda Hill. “(It) was to let him know that she was in charge in her classroom.”
That case sparked 9 Investigates to review just how often the state disciplines teachers for bad behavior -- behavior such as showing up for work drunk or high on cocaine
Meredith Witt, an Oveido High School teacher, allowed students to get drunk -
“I don't think anybody in the public
In the nearly 300 suspension and revocation cases that Jones reviewed, most of the teachers were involved in some kind of sexual misconduct with students.
For example, James Stafford texted a 13-year-old student at Corner Lake Middle School in Orlando and asked, the report said, "If she would consider sex with a teacher."
“What are you all doing to make sure these type of teachers don't end up in the classroom?” Jones asked Moore.
“We protect their due process,” Moore responded. “We believe the people doing the hiring and observing, which would be the district, should be monitoring these things.
Attorney Charles Smith has sued the Osceola County School District over a teacher’s bad behavior.
“There have been some statutory changes which have allowed getting rid of teachers a little more easy,” Smith said.
Still, Jones found in some cases it was years before the state took action -- even after teachers were fired -- leaving the door open for the educators to
“It should be a faster process, but it should definitely be a due process,” Moore told Jones.
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