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Website to Track Teachers' Pasts
HARRISON TOWNSHIP -- It seems to keep happening, teachers having inappropriate relationships with their students.
In fact, just last week, a former band director, Kenneth Hoffmann, was sentenced to one year in prison after he admitted to "sexting" with two of his students from Northridge High School.
"I had no clue this was going on; my oldest went to school there, he had no clue," said Brooke Fugate, a mother of three.
Two of her kids are in the Northridge school district.
"Children should not be exposed to that," said Fugate. "It just infuriates you, is there other children? Are there other teachers like that?"
We found a website through the Ohio Department of Education that allows you to search using your school district's name for any teachers who have had their license revoked.
"Parents should know first, before anybody, that something has been going on in the school system," said Fugate.
Fugate searched her district and was shocked at what she found.
"Aggravated drug trafficking. Oh, wow," said Fugate, "What do you think about that?" asked the reporter. "That's a drug dealer," said Fugate.
"If they receive a license in the State of Ohio, there is a code of conduct, an ethical code that binds teachers," said Tom Lasley, former dean of education at the University of Dayton.
The 185,000 licensed teachers in Ohio are taught the code before getting a job.
According to the UD professor, less than one percent of those teachers will have any sort of charges against them.
While it seems like a small number, Fugate is still concerned.
"There's always those ones that aren't caught, or are slipping through," said Fugate.
The website is open to the public.
To access the database, go to http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Conduct/Educator-Conduct-Search, click on "Educator Conductor Search Engine," then on the left side of the screen, click on "Disciplinary Action."
Where it says "School District" type in your district, and all the teachers who have had their license revoked will show up.
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