Wednesday, April 6, 2016

CBS Chicago Finds Teacher with Suspended License at Charles E. Smith Day School

CBS 2 Investigators: Predatory Teachers Slip Through The Cracks

(CBS) — Is your child safe from unwanted sexual advances or abuse in school?
CBS 2’s Pam Zekman reports offenders may lose their city job but still keep their state teaching license because of a regulatory breakdown.
Experts say the best data available indicates one in 10 students nationally is a target of sexual misconduct by educators...

...Two teachers whose cases were reviewed by the CPS investigators did make it to the NASDTEC registry—but raise other issues.

A CPS investigative memorandum found credible evidence that Hannah Viana had multiple inappropriate student contacts at Jordan Elementary school, including one in which she “kissed a student while she sat on his lap.”

Viana denied it, but resigned after dismissal charges were filed. She was placed on the CPS “do not hire” list, and the state board of education suspended her teacher’s license in Illinois for two years. The suspension is still in effect. The state reported that suspension to the NASDTEC registry.
But CBS 2 found Viana now teaches at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Maryland, a state that does not require a teacher’s license for private schools. The school spokesperson said it has a policy not to comment on teacher personnel matters...

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