The Los Angeles Board of Education has approved a resolution aimed at more quickly establishing the guilt or innocence of teachers and other employees accused of serious misconduct.
The measure approved Tuesday directed Supt. John Deasy to bring on professional investigators, to set up timelines for inquiries and to notify employees about allegations against them as soon as possible.
“There is nothing more important than getting the most accurate, highest quality investigations of suspected physical or sexual abuse of a child," resolution author Tamar Galatzan said in a statement. “In the long run, not hiring professionally trained investigators will cost us money, put our children in jeopardy, and perpetuate a system that is often unfair to teachers trapped in the limbo of teacher jail.”
Her reference to teacher jail refers to the practice of pulling teachers from classrooms and ordering them to report instead to a district office with no students and nothing for them to do.