Mark Lisheron, writing for the Franklin Center’s watchdog.org, reported: “For all of the talk of crisis, administrators in many Texas school districts resist firing a teacher accused of having an improper sexual relationship with a student. Instead, they opt not to renew the teacher’s contract, allowing the teacher to apply for jobs in other school districts.
“Most of the reasons are mercenary; the idea that publicly identifying an offending teacher will reflect poorly on the administration or the school district; the fear of being sued and the… cost to the district to fight the suit,” said Doug Phillips, the Texas Education Agency’s own director of investigations.
Ruining a teaching career? How about ruining the lives of these children!,” Phillips rightly said with indignation.
“In many of Phillips’ investigations he hears from reluctant school superintendents who are loath to ruin a teaching career. Instead, all too often administration will put a teacher on paid leave, sometimes for the bulk of a school year, before passing on a contract.
“It’s getting better, but what we’ve focused on is school districts understanding the importance of child safety and for them to have the nerve to pursue these cases. Ruining a teaching career? How about ruining the lives of these children!,” Phillips rightly said with indignation.
… there is a widespread culture of covering up such incidents among Texas public school administrators.
This isn’t some outside critic of public education, this is the head of TEA’s own investigations division. He’s letting us in on all the cases we don’t hear about in the media; the cases that don’t get prosecuted by the justice system, and; that there is a widespread culture of covering up such incidents among Texas public school administrators.
You may be among the naive who think everyone at the local ISD is just working for the good of the children but, here’s one of their own telling you that something very different is going on and it’s a behavior that is disgusting and puts children at risk of rape and worse.