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Del. Considering Giving State More Power to Revoke Teaching Licenses

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DOVER, Del.- A bill introduced Thursday in the Delaware House of Representatives would give more power to the Department of Education when it comes to revoking or suspending teaching licenses for cases of misconduct.

The bill comes in Thursday's file of legislation, and is either sponsored or co-sponsored by all members of the House Democratic leadership.

H.B. 350 says that from September 2012 to September 2014, the state investigated 105 allegations of teacher misconduct. It says 22 of those investigations resulted in recommendations of either revocation or suspension of the teaching license. In a lot of these cases, the public did not know about the suspension or revocation.

The bill would require the department to publicly report who has lost their licenses and exactly why they have.

Jason Hess of Dover says it would prevent teachers from bettering themselves and getting a new job.

"That means they cut their life off," he said. "You're [on] social media, you're famous. And everyone knows everything about your business. And they know everything about what you did, and I disagree with it."

Some people think public employees like teachers should be held to a higher standard. Jame Trafton goes to school at Delaware State University, and she sees it as a necessary law.

"You did it on purpose, you knew what you were doing," she said. "You're being held responsible for your actions. You can't be mad at the state for passing that bill when you decided to do that for yourself."

She also says the state should be able to post your suspension online, because teachers have a big impact on kids' futures.

"It really affects people later in life if their teacher did something really bad they'll remember that for the rest of their life," she said. "It will be an impact especially if you're in high school that impacts your life into college."

The Delaware Education Association is still looking through the legislation and has not yet taken a position. The Delaware Parent Teacher's Association is doing the same.

The bill currently sits in the House Education Committee and awaits debate there. If it is released from committee it will go to the House floor for a vote. If it passes the House, it goes to the Senate for the same process. 

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