HIDDEN VIOLATIONS: One reporter tackles national comparison of teacher misconduct cases by ProQuest

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(A Maine official turned over data for two years but then discovered state law prohibited its release and refused to turn over four additional years requested.) I built Excel spreadsheets for individual states to examine disciplinary actions and used the results to create a national spreadsheet. The documents reveal that drug-dealing, prostitution, attempted murder, criminal sexual assault, embezzlement, theft, reckless homicide and stalking are among the crimes committed by those hired to educate Chicago's children. State education officials are seeking to hire investigators and a state lawmaker says she plans to introduce legislation to require all teachers to be fingerprinted and subjected to FBI criminal background checks.

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