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New procedures developed on teacher records

Posted at 9:01 AM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 11:01:31-05
PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona education official says new procedures have been developed so teacher certification records are timely and accurate after it was revealed that numerous cases of teacher-misconduct discipline either weren't entered in databases since 2010 or contained errors.
 
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the record-keeping mess allowed databases, in many cases, to indicate teachers' certificates were still valid, even though they had been revoked, suspended or surrendered.
 
Karol Schmidt, the new executive director of the State Board of Education, said last week that the errors in the records of 79 other disciplined teachers since 2010 have been corrected.
 
Two cases were turned over to the Attorney General's Office, which declined to reveal details.
 
Officials say no public schools have reported inadvertently hiring anyone whose records were incorrect.