Audit shows California agency slow to probe teacher misconduct

An audit shows the California agency charged with revoking teacher credentials is slow to investigate misconduct.

Allegations range from a teacher showing pornography to children to a teacher kissing a student.

State auditor Elaine Howle wrote in a letter to legislators that the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing's slow pace may have allowed teachers of questionable character to stay in the classroom. The audit was released Thursday in Sacramento.

The Los Angeles Times says the audit shows the commission also had a backlog of nearly 12,600 cases in the summer of 2009, about three years' worth of cases.

The commission, which has 32 full-time employees, voted last year to revoke the credentials of 306 teachers and administrators.

Information from: Los Angeles Times

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