Friday, August 28, 2015

College of teachers launches disciplinary case against Chris Spence

Chris Spence, already fighting the University of Toronto over alleged plagiarism in his doctoral thesis, is now the subject of a disciplinary hearing by the Ontario College of Teachers that alleges professional misconduct.

A notice of hearing has been posted on the website of the Ontario College of Teachers, though no formal date has been scheduled for the case.

It alleges he “failed to maintain the standards of the profession … he signed or issued, in his professional capacity, a document that he knew or ought to have known contained a false, improper or misleading statement” and that “he committed acts that, having regard to all the circumstances, would reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.”

Spence, a long-time educator, resigned as director of the Toronto District School Board in January 2013 after he admitted to plagiarizing part of an article submitted to the Toronto Star and after other allegations of unattributed material were made public.

The teachers’ college also says there are allegations of plagiarism in speeches, entries on his blog and his books. The Star found examples of similar material in his writing and sources as varied as the New York Times and user reviews.  (more...)

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