California’s independent teacher-standards board appears to be mending its ways after the embarrassing attention it garnered in the wake of a scathing review by a state auditor earlier this year, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The audit report, which came out in April, found the board had a major backlog in processing cases dealing with allegations of teacher conduct, on the order of 12,600 or more. Many other charges, including a pattern of nepotism, were also lobbed at the body.
The commission now has a new executive director, and the state auditor, Elaine Howle, said at a state legislative hearing that there appear to be signs of progress in 11 of the 12 areas of deficiency she identified, the newspaper reports.
Not all states have a separate teacher-credentialing body, but other states’ education agencies have come under similar scrutiny in terms of their oversight of the teaching force.
Reporters in Hawaii took over a year to get that state’s education department to release information about teacher discipline and dismissals. The upshot: Very few teachers were disciplined or fired because of misconduct.
And in April, the Minnesota Star Tribune found that the state Board of Teaching had stopped enforcing license violations.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.