The Los Angeles Board of Education has voted to fire renowned elementary school teacher Rafe Esquith amid allegations of misconduct, including that he inappropriately touched minors, according to the L.A. Times.
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The internationally acclaimed teacher was removed from his classroom earlier this year, though circumstances behind the suspension remain murky.
April 03, 2015
Education Week gathered reactions to the Atlanta test-cheating trial, in which 11 educators were found guilty of racketeering.
February 26, 2015
A bill that would allow teachers to be prosecuted for providing "harmful materials" to minors has been passed by the Kansas Senate.
February 05, 2015
A bill under consideration by the Kansas Senate would remove an exemption protecting teachers from prosecution for providing "harmful" materials to minors.
February 04, 2015
In a process marred by numerous problems, five first-year teachers in a West Virginia district had to pick numbers from a box to determine which of them would be laid off.
July 16, 2012
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed what it calls a "groundbreaking" class-action lawsuit against the state of Michigan for failing to educate students in a Detroit-area school district. The suit hinges on a "right to read" provision in Michigan's constitution, which says students who do no...
May 29, 2012
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed new legislation that would give local school districts or the chancelloras opposed to hearing officersthe final say on whether a teacher accused of sexual misconduct is fired, according to a press release. Under the current law, outside he...
September 08, 2011
In an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York University History Professor Jonathan Zimmerman writes that historically U.S. teachers have often been restricted from honestly critiquing the country's military conflictsand may have even less leeway now than at any time since the 1960s...
June 20, 2011
Time.com legal columnist Adam Cohen, pointing to a couple recent court decisions, advises educators to take the high road when it comes to derisive or mocking postings by students on social-networking sites. Students, he says, have a constitutional right to make fun of their teachersone they h...