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Ex-teacher settles for $131,500 after sex-case acquittal

by Donna Winchester, St. Peters Times Staff Writer
The Pinellas School Board agreed Tuesday to pay $131,500 to a former elementary school teacher who successfully defended himself on charges that he sexually abused two second-graders.

The board will pay Mark C. Fronczak a portion of the legal fees he incurred in his 2005 criminal trial, where he faced charges of capital sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation of two children at Southern Oak Elementary School. In exchange, Fronczak will waive his right to appeal the board's decision to fire him and will agree not to apply for future employment in the district.

Editorial: Abuse of children

MenTeach
One of the findings of our national study showed that one of the three major reasons why men do not enter or remain as teachers is because of fear of accusation of abuse. We receive e-mails every year from men falsely accused and then ultimately acquitted for the accusation.

Program Seeks to Recruit and Retain Black Male Teacher

K. Chandler - Chicago Defender - Chicago, IL, USA
"The sad reality is that a young boy could go through his entire education without ever having a teacher who looks like me."

-- Reg Weaver, NEA president of the 2.7 million-strong education organization.

Men in the classroom, teachers and role models

By Phyllis Coulter - Bloomington Pantagraph - Bloomington, IL, USA
Being a male elementary school teacher sometimes carries with it the added responsibility of being a male role model. "For a lot of kids, I'm the only male they interact with on the daily basis," said Ken Hamerlinck, first-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary School, Bloomington. "You owe it to them to be a good role model."

Complacency over current shortage of male teachers

Male Teacher Belfast

Like many boys, my son has gone through his entire primary schooling without having had a male teacher. Does it matter? Do boys need male role models?

Would he be a more rounded person, better able to fit into society, if he had the experience of both male and female teachers?

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