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Educator Misconduct Investigation

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Important Notice


Educators with an invalidated Life or Lifetime license have until December 31st to revalidate their license.  Upon approval of the $45 Request Background Check - Lifetime Licensee [5900] application, the Lifetime license will be revalidated just as if the educator completed the application before June 30th. Educators will have until December 31st to complete this application for their license to be revalidated. 

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The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) conducts formal investigations of licensed educators based on information received by the DPI that alleges immoral conduct on the part of the licensed educator.

This information is typically received by the DPI from three primary sources:

  • Written reports from school districts as Mandatory School District Reporting of Educator Misconduct.
  • Complaints from citizens/parents.
  • News/media reports.

In 2011, Governor Walker signed into law 2011 Wisconsin Act 84. The DPI has developed recommended best practices to assist districts in implementing new requirements associated with referrals under Wis. Stat. 115.31.

Note: Reports or referrals on educator misconduct may be directed to DPI via email.

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