Teaching Profession

A Twitter Debate on Teacher Sexual Misconduct

By Stephen Sawchuk — August 02, 2012 1 min read

Yesterday, a variety of edu-Tweeps engaged in a lengthy debate over due process in instances when a teacher is investigated for inappropriate sexual misconduct with students.

At issue is a New York legislative proposal that would give administrators the final word in firing teachers in such instances. (The current process depends heavily on arbitrators jointly selected by the teachers’ union and the district.)

Of course, as this was a Twitter debate, it’s only right that we should share some of that thread as it unfolded. So here I present a Storify of the debate, which was primarily between American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and former CNN personality Campbell Brown.

I’ve included only some tweets; this debate got pretty nasty, pretty quickly, (perhaps lending credence to the idea that a debate this complicated is better carried out on platforms that don’t limit communications to just 140 characters at a time).

In general, this issue remains an extremely sensitive one. Read this Teacher Beat item to find out how a similar proposal in California fared.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.