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Report Details Portland Public's Failure To Investigate Years Of Sexual Misconduct Claims

An extensive 322-page report shows how PPS failed to investigate teacher Mitch Whitehurst and offers recommendations for improving response moving forward.

A new report delivered to the Portland Public Schools board detailed how the district failed to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct by teacher and coach Mitch Whitehurst during a 30-year career in the district.

A combination of failures — including bad recordkeeping and a failure to centralize and define roles for responding to sexual misconduct allegations — led the district to minimize and ignore conduct that eventually led the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission to suspend Whitehurst’s teaching license.

To read the full story, visit The Portland Tribune.

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