State Seeks Faster Removal of Bad Teachers

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Missouri Attorney General's office is looking to streamline the process of taking bad teachers out of the classroom.

Districts can now apply to strip or suspend a teacher's license electronically through the Attorney General's Web site.

Spokesman Scott Holste says that in 2006, the office brought 31 petitions to revoke or suspend teaching licenses before the Missouri Board of Education.

Among the six revoked were a former teacher who admitted to inappropriately touching his teenage daughter, and a former principal who sent sexually explicit e-mails on school computers.

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