Category Archives: Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

The state punishes in secret

As befits the importance of teaching as a profession, Oregon has a public commission that investigates teachers who have allegedly broken state rules. Actually, though, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission would be more accurately described as “quasi-public.” It turns out, as The Oregonian recently reported, that sometimes the Commission punishes teachers in private. Source: […]
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Oregon’s confidential disciplining of teachers needs sunshine

Parents and their children have a keen interest in the conduct of educators in the public school system, but finding out about rule violations or other misconduct by teachers and administrators can be difficult if not impossible given Oregon’s public records laws.A little-known special secret procedure for disciplining some Oregon educators was described by The […]
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Oregon’s confidential disciplining of teachers needs sunshine | Opinion

Parents and their children have a keen interest in the conduct of educators in the public school system, but finding out about rule violations or other misconduct by teachers and administrators can be difficult if not impossible given Oregon’s public records laws. Source: Oregon’s confidential disciplining of teachers needs sunshine

Editorial: Public deserves to hear of teachers’ missteps

Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is the official watchdog over the state’s educators, disciplining teachers who run afoul of the rules. Parents and others rely on TSPC to keep children safe from the occasional bad apple and to let them know about problems in the process. Only sometimes it doesn’t let the public know. […]
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Oregon allows educators to be punished in secret

Several years ago, when she was a high school teacher, a new assistant principal at Ockley Green Middle School broke a rule, partly because Portland Public Schools wasn’t vigilant about communicating and enforcing the standard. Source: Oregon allows educators to be punished in secret

PPS teacher: Rewarding misbehavior?

Sam Leach, a Portland teacher whom investigators found yelled at and pushed students, then got two student management jobs. On the Internet, Sam Leach looked like a model teacher. There’s the 2013 OregonLive story on how the then-third-grade teacher’s blog was deepening conversations on school activities among North Portland families. Source: Pamplin Media Group – […]
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Commission Dismisses Misconduct Allegations Against Former Superintendent

Oregon’s licensing agency for educators has dismissed misconduct allegations against the former superintendent of the South Lane School District. The Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission has found insufficient cause to charge Krista Parent with misconduct after a complaint claimed she had a romantic relationship with an employee. Parent confirmed the relationship when the complaint […]
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Crook County teacher gets reprimand for harassment

Michael Shinkle convicted after ‘altercation’ with son at wrestling practice. A Crook County teacher and middle school wrestling coach convicted of harassing his son was allowed to keep his teaching certification and return to the classroom, but he’s under a “last-chance agreement” with the Crook County School District. Michael Shinkle is a shop teacher at […]
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A3 Vice Principal Ed Mendelssohn resigns

He told the alternative school’s governing board Wednesday evening that the decision to dissolve A3’s charter prompted his resignation. Ed Mendelssohn, the vice principal of the Springfield district’s ­Academy of Arts and Academics, announced in a statement Wednesday evening that he’s resigning from his position at the alternative high school. Source: A3 Vice Principal Ed […]
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Safe at school: Districts address sex abuse at school 

Reporting policies and guidelines becoming more precise. In the first month of 2018, a grim statistic was perpetuated. On Jan. 24, Ione Community Charter School music teacher Bryan Bates was arrested for official misconduct, two counts of harassment and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse for incidents with a 16-year-old female student. Source: Safe at […]
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