LAUSD Says Investigation Into Allegations Against Popular Teacher Will Not be Rushed

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Los Angeles Unified teacher Rafe Esquith, a popular teacher at Hobart Elementary School, was removed from his classroom in March and is awaiting the results of a school district’s investigation. (Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

Without providing more details about the allegations against a nationally recognized teacher, the leader of Los Angeles Unified said the district will not rush an investigation into why the instructor was removed from the classroom simply because of his popularity.

Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said the probe into allegations of misconduct against longtime Hobart Boulevard Elementary School teacher Rafe Esquith is “very complex” and must be handled carefully.

“While I respect that this teacher is extremely popular — and has been for some time — in the briefings that have been given to me, there are serious issues that go beyond the initial investigation,” Cortines said in a statement.

He added, “The Los Angeles Unified School District will not be rushed to make a decision and will complete our investigation with the highest level of integrity. The safety and security of every district student will remain our number one priority.”

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