Boston Public Schools officials have no idea how many of their 9,000-plus employees may have criminal records — a shocking revelation that has triggered a sweeping round of background checks that already has found nearly a dozen workers with rap sheets. Go To Site

Huff and his Republican colleagues won't back down on a provision in the A.B. 2028, which ends the practice of expunging information in a teacher's personnel file after four years. "We keep a cumulative folder for our kids from kindergarten until they graduate, but we don't do the same for teachers," Huff said. Go To Site

Other protesters gave clearer reasons for their attendance, saying that wealth disparity and corruption in the business world are causing harm to society. “I’m here because corporate greed and financial greed are ruining this country,” said a retired educator. Go To Site

Crime, Government, Threats, Education, Greed, Murder

Dallas ISD police arrested a Seagoville High School teacher after he threatened to kill staff if he didn't get a raise. Omar Alanis is charged with making a terroristic threat. He'd only been employed with the district since August. Alanis went missing for almost a week when the threat came to light but finally returned and police say admitted to threatening co-workers.

Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Greed, Corruption

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett plans to plead guilty to charges she steered no-bid contracts worth more than $23 million to an education consulting firm where she once worked in return for hundreds of thousands of dollars in kickbacks, other perks and a promise of a job, federal prosecutors revealed Thursday. U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon made the disclsoure at an afternoon news conference at which he said Byrd-Bennett has been cooperating with investigators.

Government, Education, Assault

A 13-year-old boy has been charged with three counts of first-degree rape after deputies said he attacked a 7-year-old girl on a Chimacum school bus. The Chimacum Middle School student is scheduled for his first court appearance at 9 a.m. July 15 in juvenile court at the Jefferson County Courthouse, at 1820 Jefferson St., in Port Townsend.

Liberal, Crime, Sex, Degeneracy, Education, Waste, Vandalism

A former guidance counselor at a Queens elementary school had feces and urine dumped in her office after she complained about randy staffers who had sex romps between classes, according to a shocking lawsuit. Deborah Berger, 65, says in the suit that after she complained to principal Robert Wojnarowski, he ratted her out to her horny coworkers, who made her life hell. The horrors included dirt being dumped on her desk, feces left on her chair and urine spilled in her office, the Manhattan Supreme Court suit alleges.

Crime, Government, Character, Education, Theft

Fairfax County Police say officers removed more than 1,200 laptop computers from the home of a public schools employee who has been charged with embezzlement... Police say 60-year-old Craig Soderberg of Alexandria was arrested Monday... On Jan. 9, police say they removed 1,200 computers from Soderberg's home.

Officers say Soderberg took used laptops, refurbished them and sold them online.

Crime, Government, Education, Drugs

An elementary school substitute teacher was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. Andrew Johnson Ray Jr., 52, of Warrensburg, Mo., was arrested on Oct. 31, 2013, while working at Holden Elementary School, when investigators executed a search warrant and charged him with 25 counts related to child pornography possession.

Crime, Government, Incompetence, Scandal, Oops, Education, Lie, Convict

Six more indicted Atlanta Public Schools educators have pleaded guilty to their involvement in a standardized test-cheating conspiracy... Thirty-five educators were indicted in the cheating scandal.

Crime, Government, Education, Assault

Police arrested a 15-year-old West High School student on Monday morning for assaulting a teacher after he used a lighter to ignite her hair and shirt. According to witnesses, when the teacher, 23-year-old Gabriela Penalba turned her back to the class, a male student lit her hair and shirt on fire.

Crime, Government, Education, Greed

The former head of a Seattle Public Schools program to help women- and minority-owned businesses has been sentenced to 43 months in prison in a theft-and-kickback scheme. The Seattle Times reports 62-year-old Silas Potter Jr. was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in April to 36 counts of theft.

Crime, Violence, Government, Guns, Education

A former Texas special education teacher, described by a colleague as a “gentle giant,” was suspected of shooting four people dead and wounding four others after an apparent domestic dispute late on Wednesday, police said.

Crime, Government, Financial, Education, Greed, Corruption, Theft

Police arrested a Rialto Unified School District accountant on suspicion of embezzling thousands of dollars in cash over the last two months. Judy Oakes, 48, of San Bernardino, was arrested at the district's nutrition services offices at 151 S. Cactus Ave. Wednesday afternoon and booked into the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on suspicion of burglary, embezzlement and grand theft. She was held in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda.

Crime, Government, Education, Drugs, Theft

BOCA RATON, Fla - David Ptak, a Palm Beach County school teacher, was arrested March 28th and charged with grand theft according to a report issued by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. Ptak, according to the arrest report, was house sitting for a woman who was out of town. The alleged victim told investigators that Ptak took numerous pieces of jewelry from her home and pawned them at Jewelry Exchange for $600. Ptak, according to his arrest report, told deputies that he is addicted to prescription drugs.

Crime, Government, Character, Education

A jury in Riverside, California on Friday found a school board member guilty of 23 felonies related to a prostitution operation he ran out of his home with his wife and two children. NBCLA reports 42-year-old Mike Rios had been free on $500,000 bail but was immediately taken into custody and booked into the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside. He faces up to 33 years in prison during sentencing.

Crime, Government, Education, Theft

The village school district has begun an investigation into a middle school Spanish teacher after he pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct charge stemming from a shoplifting charge, according to Ridgewood Patch. Adolfo Noya, 47, who teaches at George Washington Middle School, was accused of stealing around $75 in groceries from a Whole Foods in late October.

Crime, Government, Incompetence, Education

A mentally challenged 15-year-old New York girl endured a brutal gang rape as she was trapped beneath her by two boys with her teacher only feet away, alleges a lawsuit filed Friday. The special needs student, identified only by the initials K.J., was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 minutes as another student 'hit her on the head whenever she tried to escape,' during a science class at Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont, N.Y. The girl's mother, who filed the suit, alleged that the teacher ignored the assault even as one student danced on the desk while another attempted to sodomize K.J.

Crime, Government, Character, Financial, Fraud, Education, Convict

DETROIT — A River Rouge school official was convicted Thursday of two felonies in U.S. District Court. Dolores Reid, the school district’s executive director of state and federal funds, was found guilty of accepting a bribe and mail fraud. She will be sentenced March 19 and faces 51 to 63 months in prison, according to sentencing guidelines.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A bill making it easier for school districts to fire teachers accused of gross misconduct has failed to clear an Assembly committee. Sen. Alex Padilla's bill came in response to a Los Angeles case where a teacher was arrested for lewd acts including spoon-feeding students his semen. His SB1530 would have let school boards dismiss teachers instead of leaving the decision to a disciplinary commission, but only for violent, sexual or drug offenses involving children. The bill failed to clear the Assembly Education Committee on Wednesday after heavy opposition from teachers unions who said the bill would harm teacher due process rights. Go To Site

Crime, Government, Incompetence, Education, Waste, Law

Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers accused of misconduct are spending months in so-called "teacher jail," where teachers still collecting pay but often have nothing to do but read, blog or text. Since the scandals, LAUSD officials have enforced a zero-tolerance policy, placing nearly 300 teachers in "teacher jail" by reassigning them to office or administrative duty until investigations conclude. The move, the LA Daily News reports, is costing the district $856,000 for substitutes to fill vacancies in addition to a staggering $1.4 million monthly in regular teacher salaries.

Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Greed

It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis. Authorities say the scheme affected hundreds — if not thousands — of public school students who ended up being taught by unqualified instructors.

Crime, Government, Education, Theft

A Polk County second-grade teacher with a previous arrest record, her boyfriend and son were arrested Tuesday after deputies say they stole a set of golf clubs from a garage in Winter Haven and sold them to a used sporting goods store.

Crime, Government, Education, Theft

A veteran teacher in the Bronx was arrested Wednesday on charges of stealing another teacher’s iPhone, according to police and a published report. Victor Soliz, 64, was arrested Wednesday and charged with petit larceny, police said.

Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Corruption, Convict

A former River Rouge school official was convicted today of pocketing thousands of dollars in bribes from a tutoring company in a scheme that cost the school district roughly $160,000 in losses. Dolores Reid, 53, of Southfield, ex-director of State and Federal Programs for the River Rouge School District, was convicted of bribery and mail fraud following a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman.

Crime, Government, Education, Greed, Theft

Former Barrington High School Fine Arts Department Chairwoman Julie Salk was arrested on theft charges Tuesday. Barrington Police charged Salk with one count of theft over $500. Police say she stole $5,022 in theater and raffle ticket revenue from a "Hello Dolly!" production in March 2012. In the 2010-2011 school year, the Illinois State Board of Education reported Salk's salary as $142,024.27.

Crime, Government, Financial, Fraud, Education

LOS ANGELES - A Hacienda La Puente Unified substitute teacher accused of workers' compensation insurance fraud against the school district turned herself in to police and was arrested Tuesday, officials said. Alicia Becerra Ramirez, 63, was charged in September with five counts of felony insurance fraud, and one count of attempted perjury.

Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Greed

A middle school teacher in Anderson County has been arrested and charged with selling counterfeit goods. The Anderson Independent Mail reports that 33-year-old Anna Brook Mullinax of Anderson turned herself in to sheriff's deputies earlier this month. Mullinax is a teacher at Glenview Middle School. Anderson District 5 spokesman Bill Baker says Mullinax is on administrative leave with pay. Deputies say she sold fake goods to 40 people, including students.

Crime, Government, Education, Theft

A Huntsville City Schools teacher was arrested Saturday on theft charges. Jenifer Cooper, a second grade teacher at J.E. Williams Elementary School, was arrested after she allegedly shoplifted more than $1,500 worth of merchandise from a Kohl's department store.

Tax, Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Greed, Corruption

The heralded former superintendent of New Jersey’s fourth-largest school district was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison for crimes that the judge called the worst case of public corruption he’s ever seen. Michael Ritacco, 64, who ran the Toms River schools for 20 years before he was arrested in 2010, stood stoically in a Trenton courtroom Friday after he was given his sentence, even as relatives wept around him while U.S. marshals kept them from getting close enough to give him a last hug before he reported to prison.

Crime, Government, Financial, Education, Theft

For the last several years, Angie Harrell has been coaching the cheerleading squad on every Friday night in the fall. But Virginia State police say Harrell, who also serves as Pulaski County's high school guidance counselor, moved money from the cheerleader's fundraising account to her own. "You try to teach your kids wrong from right and that's wrong. That's somebody they're looking up to," said Melinda Arnold. Harrell is accused of diverting more than $50,000. If convicted she could face up to 30 years in prison.

Crime, Government, Education

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — The assistant principal at Milford's Harborside Middle School is facing harassment charges. Police tell the New Haven Register that Steven Marchetti of Seymour is due in court on Oct. 17. According to an arrest warrant, the teacher says Marchetti has been harassing her with texts, emails and phone calls since she tried to break off their friendship in the spring.

Crime, Government, Degeneracy, Education

An Arizona teacher's assistant accused of leaving her 6-year-old child with strangers so she could have sex with two men said she was driven by a "manic sexual rage," according to court documents. Police say Laurie Lee Kelly, 43, of Mesa, bought beer for two transients on Aug. 28, in exchange for babysitting her young daughter. Kelly allegedly said the impromptu nanny's had to watch the girl so she could "make money." According to Maricopa County Superior Court documents, witnesses told police that for four hours the girl was passed off to several different people. "She was fun. We ran around the park. She's a wonderful child," witness Maureen Wilson told CBS 5.

Crime, Violence, Government, Degeneracy, Education, Assault

A high school principal was arrested Thursday after police allegedly found him naked in a house, covered with a dog's blood. The Washington County Prosecutor's Office said 43-year-old Christopher Webb was arrested Thursday morning, charged with aggravated assault on a family member, domestic battery, interfering with emergency communication, endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest and aggravated cruelty to a dog.

Crime, Government, Sex, Education, Law

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. -- A former Basalt High School teacher accused of having sex with a teen student has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, and sex crime charges have been dismissed, according to court records. Lauren Redfern, 26, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, court records show.

Crime, Government, Education, Theft

Palm Harbor, Florida-- The 11-month investigation of a stolen iPad from Dunedin Middle School ended today with the arrest of a teacher, 34-year-old Julia King. The iPad was reported stolen in September of 2011. Officials say seven months later, on April 26, King pawned the iPad at a local Best Buy.

The headteacher of a school for excluded pupils could lose her job after getting into a drunken late-night fight with a colleague at a railway station. Katrina Mann, principal of a teaching centre in Dagenham for students expelled from other schools, was arrested after brawling with fellow teacher Darren McCarthy and hurling abuse at police. Go To Site

Crime, Union, Government, Financial, Education, Theft

SNOW HILL -- Authorities in Worcester County have arrested a middle school teacher accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the teacher's union while she was its treasurer. Police also said the local and state teacher's unions conspired to cover up the theft by making arrangements for restitution without contacting authorities that a crime had occurred. Denise Inez Owens, 58, allegedly stole $433,784.52 from the Worcester County Teacher's Association from 2006-2009, according to detectives with the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

Crime, Union, Government, Education, Theft

Authorities in Worcester County have charged a middle school teacher accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the teachers union while she was treasurer. Police also said the Worcester County Teacher's Association conspired to cover up the theft by making arrangements for restitution without contacting authorities that a crime had occurred. Denise Inez Owens, 58, of Ocean Pines was responsible for the taking of more than $433,000 from accounts belonging to the Worcester County Teacher's Association, according to the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation.

Crime, Government, Education

A woman had a strange excuse for deputies to why she didn’t stop when they tried to pull her over. She said she was topless. Officers said 35-year-old Mandy Ramsey was speeding on County Road 318 Saturday night when a patrol car tried to pull her over. However, they said she took off and ran a stop sign before crashing into a tree.

Crime, Government, Sex, Degeneracy, Education

The teacher who led police on a high-speed chase before plowing through a guard rail and over a steep hill is a physical education teacher at Southeast Middle School in South Gate. Los Angeles Unified School District officials confirmed that teacher Kip Arnold has been arrested on suspicion of lewd behavior with a former student. School officials said there may be additional victims. Arnold has been employed by the district for eight years and has also worked at Nimitz Middle School, Gage Middle School and Orchard Academies 2B.

Crime, Violence, Government, Degeneracy, Education, Assault

A high school principal was arrested Thursday after police allegedly found him naked in a house, covered with a dog's blood. The Washington County Prosecutor's Office said 43-year-old Christopher Webb was arrested Thursday morning, charged with aggravated assault on a family member, domestic battery, interfering with emergency communication, endangering the welfare of a minor, resisting arrest and aggravated cruelty to a dog.

Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Corruption

Michael Dudeck, a former Forest Hill High School teacher and assistant football coach was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly providing fraudulent transcripts to allow students whom did not meet the requirements to play varsity football to be eligible to play for the team. The arrest affidavit states, Michael Dudeck provided fraudulent transcripts to the guidance office at Forest Hill High School and William Dwyer High School.

Crime, Government, Financial, Fraud, Education

An Elsinore High School teacher has resigned his position after being accused of embezzling money from a printing program he oversaw. In accepting the resignation of Scott Bammes, 50, the Lake Elsinore Unified School District agreed to drop its complaint and not ask for restitution, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office.

Crime, Government, Education, Theft


ATKINSON – A former Salem teacher who had stolen a school district camera was arrested for theft again on Monday and may face more charges in two other towns, police said this morning. Stephen Pierce, 46, was charged on Monday by Atkinson police with two misdemeanor counts of theft by unauthorized taking.

Crime, Government, Education, Theft

SALEM — An eighth-grade teacher pleaded guilty to stealing a Nikon camera used for a yearbook program as part of a negotiated deal that will keep him out of jail if he remains on good behavior. Stephen Pierce, 46, entered a guilty plea to receiving stolen property in 10th Circuit Court in Salem on Monday, the same day he was scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges linked to his case.

Crime, Government, Sex, Education

Paul Roberts was "Teacher of the Year" when he was arrested and fired from his job teaching math at Stafford Middle School. Administrators allege the 52-year-old educator's Facebook conversations with two students featured lewd dialogue peppered with "profanity of a sexual nature." Similar incidents are cropping up across the country as social media tools proliferate. In January, a California teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy. Investigators say that relationship began with text messages, Facebook postings and instant messaging.

Tax, Crime, Government, Financial, Education

A Jersey City school teacher has been arrested by special agents working for the IRS’s Criminal Investigation division after he was charged with allegedly preparing fraudulent income tax returns for clients and failing to report some of the income he earned from preparing tax returns.

Crime, Government, Character, Brilliance, Education

A Kingsport man who teaches at a vocational school in Abingdon, Va., has been arrested after allegedly pulling a blank firing gun on his students, pointing it their direction and firing multiple times.

Crime, Government, Sex, Degeneracy, Education

Salinas, Calif. (AP) -- A former Salinas high school choir teacher is under arrest on suspicion of secretly videotaping teenage girls during a weekend trip with a youth chorus. The Salinas Californian reports ( http://bit.ly/Ir3xjv) that 26-year-old Aldrin Nicolas was arrested Tuesday after the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office discovered videos of the girls, ages 13 through 17, getting undressed.

Democrat, Crime, Fraud, Corruption

Sledge was indicted last week on money laundering and program fraud charges, accused of raiding $236,000 from the school district and using most of the money for personal expenses. He was released on bond and a not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Crime, Government, Fraud, Education, Corruption

A former school official in the Imperial Valley has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in the misuse of more than $325,000 in grant money meant to improve the teaching of science and mathematics in elementary schools. Michael P. Klentschy, who was superintendent of the El Centro Elementary School District from 1994 to 2007, arranged to be paid $168,000 from the grants to which he was not entitled, according to federal prosecutors. He also double-billed for $60,000 in travel expenses and had two close friends hired through the grants, prosecutors said.

Crime, Government, Financial, Fraud, Education, Corruption

In the year leading up to the overhaul of Chicago Public Schools leadership, the school district was beset by troubling instances of fraud and employee misconduct, including $1.13 million in improper benefits paid to retired teachers, systemic abuse of the federal free lunch program at a West Side high school, and a scheme by a central office employee to use school funds to buy items he later exchanged for cash.

Crime, Government, Incompetence, Education, Bigbrother

A class action lawsuit filed late yesterday in Federal Court in Philadelphia has shed light on a secret surveillance program targeting Americans, but this particular operation is not being run by the FBI or the NSA. It’s being run by the Lower Merion School District, in the old-money Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, PA.

Government, Incompetence, Education, Bigbrother

A Pennsylvania school district has been ordered to disable equipment allowing officials to watch students using cameras on their laptops. The order, issued Wednesday by a federal judge, will prevent school administrators from turning on cameras installed on students' school-issued laptops remotely.