Mon., 6:53am: Ohio teacher misconduct referrals increase

DAYTON – A newspaper reports that the Ohio Department of Education has seen a 69-percent increase in referrals for the possible teacher misconduct during the past seven years.

The analysis by the Dayton Daily News showed that the referrals to the education department’s Office of Professional Conduct increased from 4,770 in 2005 to 8,068 last year. However, last year’s figure was a 5.7-percent decrease from 2011. It’s only the second time the state has seen a decline in the referrals since 2005.

Referrals are for behaviors ranging from conduct unbecoming to more serious violent and drug offenses.

Officials say there are several reasons for the increases, including changes to state law in the past decade that have allowed for greater accountability.