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Idaho Falls Newspaper: How About an Expose’ on “Sanctioned Educators”?

December 22nd, 2007 by Halli

Here’s a little holiday project for the Idaho Falls newspaper (I would give their name if they offered anything of worth on their website). The news cycle is generally slow this time of year, especially when the decision has been made to ignore most of the national and international breaking news.

So this is the perfect time for the newspaper to come forward with some newly released information that can make the public safer, stir up considerable controversy (although it won’t skewer two of the paper’s favorite targets, the Boy Scouts or the Mormon church), and possibly earn them some coveted, though meaningless, journalism awards.

And this project could bring closure to a number of suffering victims who have been ignored for years, unlike those who have been brought forward for heroism awards.

The subject? A newly released, nationwide list of sanctioned teachers. A courageous Florida newspaper, the Herald Tribune, has posted a searchable database for the entire nation.

According to the Herald Tribune, “types of behavior that lead to sanctions may include serious misconduct or relatively minor issues, including contract disputes or failure to repay student loans”. However, there is little doubt there are a number of teachers on the list who have committed crimes, including sexual abuse of their students.

Should provide some busy work for a few cub reporters on slow days.

Whatever YOU do with the list, type in “ID” in the “state” field, to see the complete list for Idaho. And scan for familiar names.

As My Way/AP News reports, sexual abuse of children by teachers in public schools is rampant. (Warning: after reading the previously linked article, you may not send your children back to public school after the holidays.)

According to the AP investigation,

Most of the abuse never gets reported. Those cases reported often end with no action. Cases investigated sometimes can’t be proven, and many abusers have several victims.

The My Way article documents the fact that most abuse in schools goes unreported. In addition, teachers are usually believed instead of their victims.

And the problem is far greater than anyone is willing to admit.

We realize that past cases of local teacher/student sexual abuse have gotten bare mentions, if any, in the local news.

So come on, Idaho Falls newspaper. Take a quick look at the list of sanctioned educators from Idaho. Cross check it with police records (the wife of one of your employees apparently has plenty of experience reading court documents.) Publish an expose’ of those on the list still teaching in our public schools.

Flush them out, make them run, force them into retirement. Time to step up and do your part. Make our world a little safer for children. It’s your civic duty.

But once again, I won’t be holding my breath.

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