Ohio Education Board Proposes New Teacher Discipline System


The State Board of Education voted Tuesday to require the education department to publicly release the reason any teacher is disciplined and to create a policy for the automatic revocation of teacher licenses for convictions of serious crimes.
The policies were among nine recommendations that would tighten a teacher-discipline system that was often shrouded in secrecy.
The Ohio Department of Education will now take the recommendations to the Legislature, where they must be accepted before becoming law.
The board also voted to run the names of those on arrest lists against a database of licensed educators. The matching system is already set up for school bus drivers.
Districts would be required to remove teachers from the classroom if they are arrested for offenses such as murder, kidnapping or rape. Teachers who are arrested or convicted would be required to notify their employer or face penalties.