Data shows 9 of out 10 educators who have credentials revoked in N.H. are men

Monitor staff
Published: 6/8/2019 11:11:45 PM

Nearly nine out of 10 educators who have had their teaching credentials revoked by the New Hampshire Department of Education since 1981 are men.

During that time period, the Department of Education revoked 154 credentials: 130 men and 24 women.

Twenty-seven of out of 130 men who had their credentials taken away were convicted of sexual assault, 40 had their credentials taken because of sexual misconduct with students, 16 because of “inappropriate” contact with students, and seven for child pornography.

In contrast, three out of 24 women had their teaching credentials taken away because of sexual assault charges, and three had their credentials revoked for sexual misconduct with students. Three had their credentials taken for “inappropriate conduct” and none for child pornography, according to records from the Department of Education.

The only category in which women surpassed men in the number of female educators who had credentials revoked was for drug charges. Two women have had their credentials revoked for drug-related crimes since 1981, as opposed to one man.

The Department of Education supplied the Monitor with a list of all educators who have had their credentials revoked as of April 2019, dating to 1981. Concord teacher Howie Leung, who is accused of sexually assaulting a Concord middle school student, was not on the list.

Reasons for revoking credentials vary. Some records included detailed information on criminal charges a teacher faced, if the teacher was convicted, the ages of the student or students they were accused of having relationships with, and the approximate time period of the behavior.

Some records were far more vague.

In the late 1980s and ’90s, for example, 15 male educators had their credentials revoked for “lack of good moral character.” No women had their credentials revoked for that reason, and no educators have had their credentials revoked for “lack of good moral character” past the year 1996.

In more recent years, several educators have lost their credentials for reasons unstated, other than the fact that the credentials were revoked as part of an agreement with the Department of Education, or the school district.

Two women in 2016 and 2018 left because of retirement, or an agreement with the Department of Education. Seven men from 2016 to now left because of an agreement with the Department of Education.

One teacher from the ConVal School District identified in state records who had his credentials revoked because of an “agreement” with the state was accused of stealing computers, according to the Monadnock Ledger. Another teacher from Hudson who had his credentials revoked as part of an agreement with the state suffered a traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle incident and realized he could no longer perform his job, according to the Laconia Daily Sun.

There was no record why some teachers surrendered their credentials as part of agreements with the department.

Department of Education spokesperson Grant Bosse said he could not provide any information beyond what the records revealed.

As of April 2019, one teacher’s credentials had been surrendered after inappropriate contact with a student under his care at Northumberland/Groveton High School.

There have been four suspensions so far in 2019: one for a medical condition that precluded the individual from teaching, one for “Falsifications” associated with an application for a teaching credential from the state, and two where the individuals were arrested for crimes that did not involve sexual contact with a student.

One teacher had his license suspended after he was arrested for allegedly threatening to shoot a student who had his head on his desk.

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