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Special report: O.C. teacher dismissals

Orange County educators who've lost their teaching license in recent years are not all sexual predators and criminals.

The individuals tasked with ensuring the well-being and academic success of children have also been accused of showing up at school intoxicated, threatening students with violence, showing graphic photos to students, and yanking, smacking and grabbing kids.

Those are the findings of a review of five years of Orange County discipline cases in which public school educators resigned or were fired amid allegations of misconduct.

At least 35 educators from 14 O.C. school districts have left their jobs under this cloud of suspicion since 2007, according to O.C. teacher disciplinary records released to the Register.

Because each district has autonomy to decide how to handle all but its worst offenders, the range of possible actions is wide – some will aggressively move toward termination when presented with misconduct allegations; others will reach resignation settlements or do nothing.

The process is not an exact science, experts say, meaning some problem teachers are squeezed out while others remain.


Day 1

Teacher dismissals pose challenges for districts: Orange County school districts grapple with options when deciding if to remove teachers for misconduct.

O.C.'s bad teachers range from sex offenders to bullies: Thirty-six cases across 14 school districts offer a view of misconduct that includes well known case types to unexpected behaviors.

Database: O.C. teacher dismissal cases

Database: California teacher credential actions, 2007-12

About this project: How the Register gathered the data for this package.

Day 2

Check back Monday for stories on teacher settlements and the struggles of a teacher acquitted of sexual offense charges.

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