Testimony reveals school districts are letting bad teachers go because of costly disciplinary process.
Testimony by the state Education Department and School Boards Association said school districts are declining to go after some teachers under the existing disciplinary process.
The official process is aimed at firing tenured teachers for incompetence and misconduct and could lead to revocation of their state teacher license.
State officials said hard fiscal times are making districts avoid the $200,000 cost.
The unions agreed teachers are settling cases privately, but the concern is exaggerated.
The school boards group said the number of bad teachers avoiding the disciplinary process isn't known, but appears substantial.