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Pennsylvania teacher discipline cases, 1990-1999

disciplinepie.gif (2338 bytes)By far the most common reason for teacher discipline during the past decade was sex-related offenses, according to state documents obtained by the Post-Gazette. Those offenses included a few minor infractions such as inappropriate comments, but most were more serious charges such as involuntary deviate sexual intercourse. The total number of discipline cases of all types has nearly doubled since 1992.

Disposition
Revoked 138
Surrendered 74

Suspended

27
Public reprimand 6
Reinstated 5
Reinstatement denied 5
Reasons for discipline*
Sex-related offenses 162
Drug/alcohol 28
Theft, cheating 25
Assault 17
Incompetence 11
Forgery 8
Obstruction of justice 4
Murder 2
Prank phone calls 2
Firearms violations 1
Unknown/other crimes of moral turpitude 32
*May exceed total number of teachers because some were disciplined for more than one offense.
 
Subject areas*
Elementary education 32
Math, accounting 29
Social studies, history 28
Science 23
English, reading 23
Special education 19
Health, phys. ed 15
Music 14
Vocational education 12
Principal 11
Guidance 6
Languages 5
Driver education 3
Art 3
Librarian 3
Psychology 2
Speech 2
Computer science 1
Unavailable/unknown 49
*May exceed total number of teachers because some teachers held certificates in more than one subject area.

Source: Pennsylvania Standards and Practices Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Steve Thomas/Post-Gazette

 



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