Miramonte settlement is largest ever involving LAUSD
LA Unified has reached a settlement worth almost $140 million with 81 victims and their families from the sex abuse scandal involving former teacher Mark Berndt at Miramonte Elementary School. The exact amount, $139,250,000, is the largest settlement involving LA Unified and possibly of any school district in the country. “This puts to rest all...
By Vanessa Romo | November 21, 2014
LA Unified says it followed the law in handling abuse reports
In the face of reports that Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt molested many more children than previously known, according to an LA County Sheriff’s investigation, LA Unified today said it followed prescribed legal regulations in dealing with reports of the allegations. The sheriff’s report included the assertion that the school district in 2008 destroyed...
By LA School Report | May 2, 2014
Deasy Calls for Stronger Laws to Get Rid of Abusive Teachers
LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy used the resolution of the Mark Berndt molestation case to campaign for a new law that would make it easier to get rid of abusive teachers. Berndt, a Miramonte Elementary School teacher who was accused of abusing 23 students under the age of 14, pleaded no contest in court today and...
By Vanessa Romo | November 15, 2013
Ex-Miramonte Teacher Agrees to 25-Year Prison Term
Via the Los Angeles Times | By Stephen Ceasar and Richard Winton Mark Berndt, the teacher charged with committing lewd acts against nearly two dozen children at Miramonte Elementary School, including spoon-feeding them semen, has agreed to plead no contest to all charges, sources said Thursday. He has agreed to a sentence of 25 years in...
By LA School Report | November 14, 2013