Teacher abuse

first_imgThose are the AP’s findings after reporters sought disciplinary records in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The result is an unprecedented national look at the scope of sex offenses by educators — by of breach of trust.The 7-month investigation found 2,570 educators whose teaching credentials were revoked, denied, voluntarily surrendered or limited from 2001 through 2005 following allegations of sexual misconduct.Young people were the victims in at least 1,801 of the cases, and more than 80 percent of those were students. More than half the educators who were punished by their states also were convicted of crimes related to the misconduct.The findings draw obvious comparisons to sex abuse scandals in other institutions, among them the Roman Catholic Church. A review by America’s Catholic bishops found that about 4,400 of 110,000 priests were accused of molesting minors from 1950 through 2002.Beyond the horror of individual crimes, the larger shame is the institutions that govern education have only sporadically addressed a problem that’s been apparent for years.“From my own experience — this could get me in trouble — I think every single school district in the nation has at least one perpetrator. At least one,” says Mary Jo McGrath, a Santa Barbara lawyer who has spent 30 years investigating misconduct in schools. “It doesn’t matter if it’s urban or rural or suburban.”Throughout the Southland there have been several examples of teachers who have continued to teach after being arrested for underage sex offenses, or who have not had their credentials immediately suspended.Eric Olsen, 29, a former substitute teacher in the Ontario-Montclair school district, was convicted of lewd acts with a minor after his June 2006 arrest.He said in a jailhouse interview that he allowed little girls to sit on his lap, and became sexually aroused.Olsen told police that he was banned from Central School District in Rancho Cucamonga in December and San Bernardino City Unified School District in April 2005 for similar actions.In the Central School District in Rancho Cucamonga, officials reported similar allegations about Olsen to the children’s services in December 2005, but the Sheriff’s Department said it has no record of the incident.Jelani Kimble, a substitute teacher from West Covina, was also arrested in June 2006, and later convicted of oral copulation with a 17-year-old girl from the class he was teaching at Northview High School.Although Kimble was convicted in August 2006, he did not have his teacher’s credentials suspended until November, and not revoked until February of this year, according to state documents.A teacher at Bonita High School, Walter Edward Babst, continued teaching for a week after being caught in January 2006 in a sex sting on camera for a “Dateline NBC” program in Riverside County.Babst’s defense lawyer and several local citizens who had seen ads for the TV program that showed Babst’s face called Bonita Unified School District and told them about him before Riverside County authorities got around to calling.Activist Terri Miller from the Las Vegas-based Stop Education Sexual Abuse, Misconduct, and Exploitation Organization calls the movement of a sexual offender from one school district to another without being flagged as an offender “passing the trash.”“We need laws that will aggressively hold accountable people who enable sex offenders by not reporting information on them to law enforcement,” Miller said.She noted that the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing state agency is very active in suspending teacher’s credentials when they get information from local school districts and law agencies.“The problem is often that local agencies just don’t make sure they tell the state,” Miller said.Like Olsen’s, the cases that the AP found were those of everyday educators — teachers, school psychologists, principals and superintendents among them. They’re often popular and recognized for excellence and, in nearly nine out of 10 cases, they’re male.While some were accused of abusing students in school, others were cited for sexual misconduct after hours that didn’t necessarily involve a kid from their classes.The overwhelming majority of cases involved public school teachers, since many private schools don’t require a teaching license.Two major teachers’ unions, the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, each denounced sex abuse while emphasizing the need to consider educators’ rights.Kathy Buzad of the AFT said that “if there’s one incident of sexual misconduct between a teacher and a student that’s one too many.”In practice, the AP found less vigilance.The AP discovered efforts to stop individual offenders but, overall, a deeply entrenched resistance toward recognizing and fighting abuse. It starts in school hallways, where fellow teachers look away or feel powerless to help. School administrators make behind-the-scenes deals to avoid lawsuits and other trouble. And in state capitals and Congress, lawmakers shy from tough state punishments or any cohesive national policy for fear of disparaging a vital profession.Abuse also is treated with misplaced fascination in American culture.“It’s dealt with in a salacious manner with late-night comedians saying, ‘What 14-year-old boy wouldn’t want to have sex with his teacher?’ It trivializes the whole issue,” says Robert Shoop, a professor of educational administration at Kansas State University who wrote a book to help school districts deal with sexual misconduct.“In other cases, it’s reported as if this is some deviant who crawled into the school district — ‘and now that they’re gone, everything’s OK.’ But it’s much more prevalent than people would think.”He and others who track the problem reiterated one point repeatedly during the AP investigation: Very few abusers get caught.They point to academic studies estimating that only about one in 10 victimized children report sexual abuse of any kind to someone who can do something about it. When it is reported, teachers, administrators and some parents frequently don’t — or won’t — recognize the signs that a crime is taking place.“They can’t see what’s in front of their face. Not unlike a kid in an alcoholic family, who’ll say, ‘My family is great,’” says McGrath, the California lawyer and investigator who now trains school systems how to recognize what she calls the “red flags” of misconduct.In Arcadia, in 2003, some those “red flags” may have been apparent.During a molestation trial for onetime Arcadia High School English teacher Phillip Sutliff, now 35, of Azusa, a onetime cheerleading coordinator at a local park told how she was seduced by Sutliff in 1993.At the time, Sutliff worked at a nearby recreation center.Earlier this year Sutliff had his California teaching credential suspended, but not revoked, after being convicted of 17 counts of sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 18.Investigators said Sutliff, who will be heading to state prison shortly after his Oct. 26 sentencing, had an inappropriate, sexual relationship with a former student for 2 ½ years, beginning when she was 16.But Sutliff’s single-subject teaching credential — issued on Aug. 22, 2003 and set to expire Sept. 1, 2008 — remains on hold.A young woman who testified against him said that in 1993 — when she was 16 and he was 21 — they had a brief, consensual fling. The pair worked at Live Oak Park in Temple City.“It shocks me that people don’t understand the severity of sexual abuse when it’s consensual,” said Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Phil Wojdak, who prosecuted Sutliff’s case. “The victims’ ability to have healthy relationships with men is taken away from them for years.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Students in America’s schools are groped. They’re raped. They’re pursued, seduced and think they’re in love.An Associated Press investigation found more than 2,500 cases over five years in which educators were punished for actions from bizarre to sadistic.There are 3 million public school teachers nationwide, most devoted to their work. Yet the number of abusive educators, nearly three for every school day, speaks to a much larger problem in a system that is stacked against victims.Most of the abuse never gets reported. Those cases reported often end with no action. Cases investigated sometimes can’t be proven, and many abusers have several victims.And no one — not the schools, not the courts, not the state or federal governments — has found a surefire way to keep molesting teachers out of classrooms. A teacher at Bonita High School continued teaching for a week after being caught in January of 2006 in a sex sting in Riverside County.A substitute teacher at Northview High School retained a full teaching credential for three months after he was convicted of molesting a 17-year-old he taught at the school.Another teacher, who explained how he let young girls sit on his lap to gratify himself, taught in two nearby school districts before he was jailed.These are only a few instances of a widespread problem in American schools: Sexual misconduct by the very teachers who are supposed to be nurturing the nation’s children.last_img read more

As Tax Day Approaches, More Seek Accountants Online

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#biz#tips Related Posts The month of April begins tomorrow and for businesses and individuals in the United States, that means there’s only two more weeks until the deadline for filing your federal tax returns. As the deadline approaches, a growing number of businesses are turning to the Web to not only do their filing, but also to find accountants. The demand for online accountants has risen by 90% over last year, according to data released by oDesk, the job outsourcing site. At the same time, the number of tax preparation and accounting professionals offering their services online has jumped by 76% since last year. The fact that more startups and small businesses are embracing Web-based tax preparation tools and professionals is not a huge shock considering the rapid proliferation of financial apps and dashboards out there. For invoicing, we have Freshbooks, Harvest and Billing Boss. For accounting, there’s Outright, QuickBooks Online and Less Accounting. Then there’s Mint.com-style financial dashboards for SMBs like and 60mo. Given the growing popularity of tools like this, it’s not surprising that businesses are becoming more and more accustomed to turning to the Web for financial-related needs like tax preparation. “By providing their services online, especially during tax time, finance professionals are filling a huge need for individuals and SMBs, while expanding their customer base beyond the local market,” oDesk CEO Gary Swart said in a press release. “Finances are a personal matter, so being able to work 1:1 with an accountant and having transparency throughout the process is key for successful remote work in the financial field.”Photo courtesy of Flickr user John-Morgancenter_img john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid

first_imgKeys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series Read Next Macaraya, though, is keeping his optimism going forward knowing that everyone from this core will return next year.“Hopefully, everybody is healthy next year. We will continue the hard work and standard that we all agreed on. I know that we will have a bright future next year,” he said.Aside from Calisaan and David, also back in the fold next season will be guards Ryan Costelo, RK Ilagan, and Renzo Navarro, as well as swingman Allyn Bulanadi.Macaraya also expressed his elation with the outpour of support for his team.“We’re very happy that the San Sebastian community again is united and very supportive. That’s one of our goals and visions: to bring back the glory days of Baste and we’re one step in achieving it,” he said. “Hopefully, next year we can do better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Golden Stags made it to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 in 2013, marking its return in the post-season after the “Pinatubo Trio” era.However, that run was cut short after San Sebastian lost to San Beda, 71-76, on Tuesday in the final level of the stepladder semis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBehind the heroics of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David, the Golden Stags did everything they could to extend their season.Unfortunately, the odds just caught on San Sebastian, with the Red Lions making a living from the charity stripe as they shot 25-of-36 to the Golden Stags’ 3-of-6. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RK Ilagan weeps as San Sebastian bowed out of NCAA Season 93. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter San Sebastian bowed out of the Finals race, Stags coach Egay Macaraya is sticking to the positives in his team’s performance this past NCAA Season 93.“We have our heads up. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we did our best. It just so happened that we fell short,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoDalian Yifang attacker Carrasco in contact with Arsenal

first_imgDalian Yifang attacker Carrasco in contact with Arsenalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium winger Yannick Carrasco has emerged as a target for Arsenal.Sky Italia says the 25-year-old left Atletico Madrid to join Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang in February last year.Arsenal have made initial contact with the Belgian international, who has given his ‘approval’ to the move.Carrasco is said to be open to moving to the Premier League with the Gunners now favourites for his signature.Milan had been keen on Carrasco and the player even liked a social media post about a potential move to the San Siro.But there are doubts over whether Milan would be able to afford the deal, with Carrasco currently pocketing around £170,000-a-week in China. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Duke Basketball Releases Cool Video Celebrating All Of Coach K’s NBA Draft Picks

first_imgGrant Hill of Duke on draft day.Grant Hill DukeKentucky is the college basketball program that gets most of the love these days for producing NBA talent, but Duke has been pretty great at it, too. Since Mike Krzyzewski took over the Blue Devils’ program in 1980, he’s had 51 players get selected in the NBA Draft. Thursday night, he’ll add to that number, as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones are all projected to get picked in the first round, with Quinn Cook a potential second-round pick. In anticipation of the draft, Duke has released a cool video celebrating all of Coach K’s NBA players.last_img read more

Zika Threat Prompts Edie Falco to Call for Shutdown of Monkey Facilities

first_imgIt’s not an episode of Nurse Jackie, but it could be a health emergency. Emmy Award–winning actor Edie Falco is joining PETA in calling on Florida Interim Surgeon General Celeste Philip to take an important step to prevent the spread of the Zika virus: Shut down the massive monkey-breeding facilities in Hendry County.“Your office recently declared Zika as a public health emergency in Florida, recommending residents drain standing water and wear insect repellent as a way to curb the virus’s spread,” wrote Edie in a letter to Philip. “As you know, monkeys, like humans, are a natural host for the Zika virus.“That is why I was shocked to learn from my friends at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that Hendry County, Florida has quietly become host to several primate dealers that import, warehouse, and sell monkeys for experimentation. At these facilities, thousands of monkeys are kept in crowded open-air cages surrounded by ditches and swamps.“An eyewitness investigation by PETA at the notorious Primate Products Inc. not only documented workers violently handling terrified monkeys, but also showed improper drainage and standing water. Zika cases in humans have already been identified in several neighboring counties, and it’s just a matter of time until the virus hits the jackpot — thousands of stressed, caged monkeys who cannot escape hungry mosquitoes.“I have found Florida to be rich in wildlife and natural beauty. It is a shame to know that these feeling, intelligent monkeys are being warehoused and abused there, and worse yet, these monkey prisons are the perfect breeding ground for the Zika virus to hide out and multiply undetected.“Dr. Philip, I hope that the Florida Surgeon General’s office finds that confining stressed monkeys in crowded, decrepit conditions in the midst of a Zika outbreak poses a threat to human health. Please protect the public and the animals by working to close these monkey warehouses down for good.”Monkeys, like humans, are natural hosts for the Zika virus—and may not show any symptoms when infected. Thousands of monkeys are now housed by several primate dealers in Hendry County, including Primate Products, Inc. (PPI). Video shot inside PPI by PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on,” reveals improper drainage and standing water — conditions ripe for mosquito breeding.last_img read more

Michigan State of the State 2016 Rep Ken Yonker RCaledonia

first_img20Jan Michigan State of the State 2016: Rep. Ken Yonker, R-Caledonia Categories: Featured news,Infographics,News Tags: #SB, MISOTS16, Yonker last_img

Satellite operator SES reported its contract backl

first_imgSatellite operator SES reported its contract backlog had reached an all-time high of €7.2 billion at the end of the third quarter, up from €6.8 billion at the end of June.During the quarter, SES signed a 24-transponder contract renewal with Canal Plus and a six-transponder renewal with the BBC, and brought two new satellites – SES-4 and SES-5 – into service. In Europe, the Astra 2F satellite has been successfully launched and will be brought into service later this month.SES reported revenue of €1.36 billion for the first nine months of the year, up 1.6% at constant exchange rates, with year-to-date EBITDA of €1.01 billion, up 1.8% at constant exchange rates.SES president and CEO Romain Bausch said results for the first nine months were in line with expectations, and that revenue growth had been achieved despite digital switchover in Germany. SES confirmed its full-year guidance for 2012 and revenue and EBITDA CAGR guidance for 2012-14.last_img read more

Finnish operator DNA has tapped Harmonic to provid

first_imgFinnish operator DNA has tapped Harmonic to provide it with a complete OTT solution for its DNA TV multiscreen service.Harmonic said its multiscreen processing and delivery solutions allow DNA to deliver live TV channels and VOD content to more than 200,000 subscribers on a wide range of devices.“Harmonic’s multiscreen processing and delivery solutions enable DNA to deliver live TV channels and VOD content to more than 200,000 subscribers on a wide range of devices, with pristine video quality, at a low total cost of ownership,” said DNA’s head of broadband and entertainment services, Pekka Jääskeläinen.last_img read more

While traditional broadcasters in the US have hist

first_imgWhile traditional broadcasters in the US have historically been confronted with more, and more rigorous, regulation than emerging internet and new media giants, the solution should lie more on the side of reducing regulation on traditional player rather than imposing new regulations on the likes of Facebook and Google, according to Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon, head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with oversight over broadcasting relocation costs.Greg WaldenSpeaking at the NAB Show in Las Vegas ahead of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg’s appearance before his committee this week, Walden said that his preference would be for a lifting of some of the regulatory burden currently placed on broadcasters rather than new regulation on big tech that could stifle innovation.Walden said the current scandal around Facebook’s protection of consumer data or lack thereof was a “serious matter”, but added that the powers already exercised by the Federal Trade Commission could help address some of the concerns raised.Walden said Zuckerburg was “an incredible innovator” but did concede that Silicon Valley companies had “never been regulated”. However, he said, to level the playing field with broadcasters it would be preferable to clean up and remove regulations that are now out of date or unnecessary, rather than to introduce a much heavier regulatory regime for big tech companies.“I am more on the light touch regulation side – to clean out the underbrush of legacy regulation,” he said.Walden, who had a background in local broadcasting before entering politics, said that it is important for broadcasters “not to presume” that legislators had a clear understanding of the broadcast business or new media platforms.He said that, currently, Facebook and other internet companies do not face the same public service duties as those imposed on broadcasters, and added that it was important for tech companies to take responsibility to ensure that properly sourced news journalism is prominent.Walden said that “what is lacking on the internet is any editor” to ensure that news if fact-checked, and added that this could have an impact on the health of democracy.last_img read more