LAUSD continues to miss warning signs about abusive teachers as payouts top $300 million
LA School Report | May 25, 2016
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By Richard Winton and Howard Blume
In a recent court hearing, one young man after another claimed that former Franklin High football coach Jaime Jimenez befriended them during summer practice before 9th grade, then sexually abused them.
But it’s not the allegations against Jimenez that are at the center of a lawsuit filed this month against the Los Angeles Unified School District. It’s about whether school officials once again missed — or ignored — warning signs about Jimenez that prolonged the alleged abuse.
The nation’s second-largest school system has been plagued in recent years by a series of cases in which officials missed indications of teacher misconduct, and in some instances, continued to employ teachers who were under a cloud, or ignored or overlooked direct complaints.
The result is a trail of victimized students and massive payouts to victims and attorneys that have surpassed $300 million in just the last four years.