Report: 7 DOE employees placed on leave since July

Report: 7 DOE employees placed on leave since July

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Seven state Education Department employees have been placed on leave for alleged improper behavior since July, a report presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday shows.

The employees include a teacher and an educational assistant accused of having sexual relations with students, and a custodian under investigation for workplace violence.

In all, according to the report, there are 27 DOE employees under investigation.

Of those, 20 are teachers.

The report, released quarterly, is part of the department's effort to close employee investigations faster.

And the DOE has made progress. In December 2014, there were 63 pending cases. In February, there were 43.

The report showed that of the 27 open cases involving DOE employees, 13 are still under investigation and the rest are before administrators for decision-making.

Fourteen of the current cases have been active for less than six months.

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