Category Archives: Teacher Standards and Practices Commission

Teacher sex scandals provoke outrage, but how common are they?

Teachers could exploit gap in investigation procedures to get a new job before they lose their license in Oregon. Lincoln High School in inner Southwest Portland has had five cases of teachers accused of sexual misconduct or inappropriate relationships with students in the last 10 years. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Teacher sex scandals provoke […]
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2nd former Lincoln High teacher loses license for sexual misconduct

A former Lincoln High teacher and coach of the school’s prestigious Constitution Team had his license revoked this month for sexual misconduct with a student. A former Lincoln High teacher and coach of the school’s prestigious Constitution Team had his license revoked this month for sexual misconduct with a student. George Ten Eyck left Lincoln in July […]
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Former Lincoln High teacher, union president banned from teaching for public indecency

A controversial former Lincoln High teacher and Portland teachers union president has had his right to teach permanently revoked after he was convicted of indecent exposure for masturbating naked on a public street in Astoria Source: Former Lincoln High teacher, union president banned from teaching for public indecency

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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