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Site to list teachers' disciplinary action

By RON MATUS
Published March 3, 2007


Coming this fall: a Web site, www.myfloridateacher.com, that will allow parents to see whether state education officials ever took disciplinary action against their child's teacher.

The number of teacher misconduct cases referred to the state rose from 2,908 in 2003-04 to 3,744 last year.

Sometimes, misconduct is criminal. (Think Debra Lafave). Sometimes, it's sad. (Think of the Gibbs High teacher who falsified ballots for homecoming queen.)

But before you get too click-happy, keep this in mind: The vast majority of teacher discipline cases are handled at the local level, either by the principal or by the school board. And school districts don't seem to be in any hurry to post that information on line.