- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A state Board of Education official has resigned following the disclosure that numerous cases of teacher misconduct discipline either weren’t entered in databases since 2010 or contained errors.

Chief investigator Charles Easaw left his position this week, the Arizona Capitol Times ( http://goo.gl/IXOoLL ) reported.

Board President Greg Miller said he couldn’t discuss Easaw’s resignation because it is a personnel matter.

The Capitol Times said it could not reach Easaw for comment on his resignation, and efforts Thursday by The Associated Press also were not immediately successful. There’s no phone listing in his name, and there was no immediate response to a request to the board’s office for assistance in reaching Easaw.

His resignation follows the recent disclosure that a state Department of Education study found that board investigators didn’t record discipline information into state or national databases in 79 of 230 cases of teacher misconduct since 2010.

Without the discipline information being recorded, teachers’ licenses that had been revoked, suspended or surrendered still appeared - incorrectly - to be active.

Additionally, a third of the 47 discipline cases approved by the board in 2015 contained incorrect information.

The board’s investigators gather information on teachers accused of misconduct and present it to one of two advisory committees to consider whether discipline should be imposed. The board decides whether to impose discipline.

Charles Tack, a department spokesman, said no public schools have reported inadvertently hiring anyone whose records were incorrect.

The problem with the disciplinary records came to light after an assistant attorney general who represents the board was doing research on the data.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, who heads the department but who is only one of the board’s members, is using the information to bolster her argument with the board that its investigators should work for the department.

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