Users can put a teacherâ€™s last name–or a particular school district–into a search engine and within a few seconds get a list of the teachers who have been found guilty of misconduct — even crimes — and a description of the punishment meted out to them. Some of the infractions seem minor; one teacher in Miami-Dade was convicted of submitting a cribbed essay as part of a licensing exam. (He was handed two yearsâ€™ probation, a $250 fine, and required to retake the test.) Others suggest more serious problems: one teacher in Hernando County was convicted of disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon and intoxication. The punishment? A letter of reprimand and a $250 fine.
. . . According to the list, teachers in Florida who have been convicted of stalking, driving under the influence or even indecent exposure are still licensed and technically able to instruct children.
If Florida isn’t willing to revoke teachers’ licenses for these crimes and misdemeanors, why publicize their past mistakes?