Every year, some teachers get reprimanded, or get their licenses suspended or revoked, depending on the infraction. The vast majority of teachers do not. A state database makes it easy to check.


Nearly 600 Ohio teachers have been disciplined over the past six years, while the vast majority -- about 38,000 -- have not.

In fact, most school districts in Northeast Ohio -- 52 percent -- have had only one teacher disciplined.

SEARCH: Find my teacher

But the bad apples in any profession are the ones who make headlines -- especially when their jobs put them inside classrooms.

Some Channel 3 viewers were put off by what they considered to be teacher-bashing, while others pointed out that keeping classrooms safe means knowing about a teacher's record, which is something the Ohio Department of Education makes public. And as teachers point out, most of them stay out of any kind of trouble.

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When a teacher does cross the line, they face anything from a written reprimand to having their teaching license suspended or revoked.

DEFINITIONS: Types of disciplinary actions

The state database shows that just last year, in Northeast Ohio alone, 38 teachers were suspended, 22 had their licenses taken away and 19 received reprimands.

In the cases of revocation, the offenses were serious -- they involved criminal wrongdoing, sexual battery, drug use or the illegal use of minors in nudity material.

Suspensions involved lesser offenses, including the use of inappropriate disciplinary techniques on students who misbehaved, a failure to maintain professional boundaries -- perhaps by texting students, and cursing.

Reprimands were given for such infractions as falsification of applications for licensure, questionable restraint of a student and the physical discipline of a student against school policy.

SPECIAL REPORT: Teachers in Trouble

Some parents say that teachers, like most people, deserve a second chance if they've made a mistake, but that there are exceptions.

"I think if it is sexual misconduct, and a teacher is involved, I think that has to disqualify you from being around kids," says Mark Kuhar, a parent who is a school watchdog in Medina.

As David Quolke, president of the Cleveland teachers union noted, "The unfortunate thing with the state is they emphasize the few and they really don't emphasize the great work that teachers are doing every day."

INTERACTIVE: Discipline action breakdown

One viewer, Patty, said, "Teachers are held to a higher standard, and the bad ones need to go."

And as Kuhar noted, "I think parents want to have that knowledge so they know what they're dealing with in their own school districts."

580 local educators faced discipline from the Ohio Board of Education in the past six years. WKYC

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