Teachers’ records online

Florida is posting teacher’s permanent records online at myfloridateacher.com, reports Newsweek.

Users can put a teacher’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 years’ 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?

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  1. Perhaps it’s an end run around the lawyers.

  2. This sounds to me like the legislature taking on the teachers unions.

    “You don’t want teachers removed when they commit felonies or sexually-related crimes? Well, let’s see what the public thinks about that…”

    I’m all for accountability in the classroom, but this isn’t about the classroom. While I think it’s probably an effective way to beat on the unions a bit, I don’t like it.

  3. “Others suggest more serious problems…”

    You know, I find that academic dishonesty is more disturbing for a teacher than drunk and disorderly. The latter is more likely to be confined to times when the teacher isn’t around kids.

  4. hmmm.. a few of my past teachers suddenly come to mind. I am sure many of them would have been on the sex crime list… and others… who knows.

  5. Really, Andrea, MANY of theme would have been on the sex crimes list? Doesn’t that seem like a slanderous to say? What standard are you using?

    I think it’s fine to make the criminal records of public employees public. At first I thought they were posting the entire personnel file and that seemed a bit intrusive but maybe it’s something you accept by being a public employee. I think it would make districts more careful about how they handled evaluations and supervision of employees, and that could work out well for good teachers.

  6. I’m so sorry. I meant “many of them” and “slanderous thing” to say.

  7. I work in medical education. It is often suggested that websites listing physician misconduct in other states be made available so patients can check their physician credentials. Some states have legislated this information be made public. I can’t think of a reason to disagree with this public disclosure. Physicians are granted a great degree of public trust. Teachers are also granted a great public trust and should be held to a high standard. Legally unions and human resource departments have combined to make it nearly impossible to fire a teacher. This may be the only way for parents to have the knowledge they need about their childrens’ teachers.


  8. Walter E. Wallis says:

    How about parents and administrators? And sudents. And pets.

  9. Administrators, yes…that makes sense. I am a teacher and think this is just fine. I agree that it seems to be an end run around the unions. That’s why I refuse to join a union – too much politics for the covering of the teachers’ behinds and not enough concern for the welfare of the kids.