Rialto School District Responds to Teacher Misconduct Document Request

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rialto (Calif.) Unified School District has responded to a request seeking the number of complaints of teacher misconduct, becoming the second of 19 school districts to provide such a list for a special project by the Daily Bulletin, The Sun and the Redlands Daily Facts.

Banning Unified School District asked for a second extension.

On Feb. 28 and 29 the three newspapers submitted a Public Records Act request for the following - district policies on teacher misconduct, a list chronicling complaints of teacher misconduct in the last five years and reports sent to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing requesting revocation of teacher credentials. The request was sent to districts from Bonita Unified School District in the west to Banning Unified School District in the east.

By law, districts had until Tuesday to respond to the query. Rialto and Banning unified school districts were among those that requested an extension.

On Thursday, Rialto Unified responded with copies of district policies and a list totaling 18 complaints of teacher misconduct dating back to the 2006-07 school year. Of those complaints, 10 took place in 2006-07. The district has not sent any requests to the state commission on the revocation of a teacher credential in that time frame.

On Friday, Banning Unified asked for a second extension of 14 days in order to seek public records. The district previously asked for an extension of seven days.

The newspapers' query comes in light of the child molestation allegations that surfaced against teachers at Miramonte School in South Los Angeles earlier this year.

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