The happy word from teachers who work in Los Angeles Unified Schools. Starting today, instructors suspended pending investigations into alleged misconduct, will not have to check in to district officers known as teacher jails, and stay there all day. They can actually stay at home during the investigation.
"It was horrible" says 12 year veteran English teacher Michael Griffin. He spent 14 months in the district's cubicles with other educators, until allegations made against him were found to be unprovable."I wasted over a year, not teaching!"
"Why do investigations take so long at LAUSD?" asks teacher's union president-elect, Alex CAPUTO-Pearl. "That is the real problem" he adds, "there is no reason why it should take months, even years, to prove or disprove allegations".
LAUSD would not comment for this story, but we understand there are about 250 teachers suspended pending investigations into misconduct allegations.
Now, someone might say "Great, now we are paying people to stay at home" to which teachers and UTLA officials point to the length of investigations, again, as being the real issue.
"I am not against suspensions" adds Griffin, "or even special places to check into", but not for years! Everyone seems to care about the ultimate goal, which is the students' safety. The question is how to best, and most fairly, get there.
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