The Ohio Department of Education has seen a 69 percent increase in referrals for possible educator misconduct involving criminal or ethical violations during the past seven years — from 4,770 in 2005 to 8,068 in 2012, according to the latest annual report from the ODE’s Office of Professional Conduct.
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Licensure Code of Professional Conduct for Ohio Educators
- Educators behave in a professional manner
- Educators maintain a professional relationship with all students at all times, both in and outside the classroom
- Educators accurately report information required by the local board of education or governing board, state education agency, federal agency or state or federal law
- Educators adhere to federal, state and local laws and statutes regarding criminal activity
- Educators comply with state and federal laws related to maintaining confidential information
- Educators serve as positive role models and do not use, possess or unlawfully distribute illegal or unauthorized drugs
- Educators ensure that school property, public funds or fees paid by students or the community are used in the best interest of students and not for personal gain
- Educators fulfill all of the terms and obligations in their employment contract
Source: Ohio Department of Education
Unmatched coverage: The Dayton Daily News is committed to covering education in the region. For this story, we reached out to more than 10 school districts in the area and closely analyzed the state’s educator conduct database.