"Twenty-four past and present members are related to each other — “a small percentage,” according to the leaders of the 160-person staff.
But the matter cannot end with a few personnel changes and short-term oversight. Every member of the commission who abused the public trust by allowing children to be stuck in classrooms with incompetent or criminal teachers should immediately step down and possibly face child endangerment charges. More extensive audits need to be done to identify and address serious problems. In addition, the watchdog position should be permanent.
And there needs to be transparency. Currently the public can go into the commission’s database only to verify a teacher’s credential. The system should be upgraded to operate like the Medical Board of California’s website, where one can learn if any doctor has been accused of wrongdoing by the board, convicted of a felony or issued a letter of reprimand.
Even if the worst offenders detailed in Howle’s report constitute a small percentage of the overall cases, our children should never have been exposed to those teachers once the problems surfaced."
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