“Confidential” settlement agreements allowed more than 100 Long Island tenured educators accused of misconduct to resign quietly in the past decade.
Some of the accusations were shocking — sexual, physical, and financial.
Newsday’s Jim Baumbach and Joie Tyrell reviewed more than 5,000 pages of school and state disciplinary records obtained through hundreds of Freedom of Information Law requests.
The project explains how the secretive system works and why districts choose a path that victims deem unfair.
Then, more than 200 lawsuits were filed under the Child Victims Act, which removed the statute of limitations on reporting sexual abuse for two years. The impact on Long Island schools is dramatic and costly.
Cold Spring Harbor, Harborfields among LI school districts that paid $28.8M to settle decades-old sex-abuse allegations