Fmr. CCSD teacher accused of physically, verbally abusing kids caught teaching in Rochester, NY

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A former Clark County special education teacher who was accused of a litany of physical and verbal abuse against children has apparently been teaching in another state. But that all changed on Wednesday. 

James Doran was a special education teacher in Clark County a few years ago. Earlier this year, CCSD settled a 2016 lawsuit for $1.2 million based on accusations that Dorans abused children, mostly those who were non-verbal students with autism. 

He was also charged with three counts of misdemeanor battery and convicted of one of the charges. But the settlement and those charges did not stop Doran from getting a new job as a special education teacher last year with the Rochester City School District in New York.

According to a statement from the Rochester City School District:

“James Doran, a special education teacher in the Rochester City School District, who has been the subject of numerous media inquiries, submitted his resignation earlier today. He was hired in September of 2018, following his being certified to teach by the State of New York. The District is not at liberty to comment further as this is a personnel matter. The District takes the employment of all its teachers very seriously. As always, the safety and wellbeing of our students is our top priority.”

The question remains: Why did they hire him?

Doran reportedly admitted “there was an incident in Las Vegas” on his application, but he was hired anyway after a New York State fingerprint clearance didn’t turn anything else up.

Doran was making more than $48,000 a year in new york.  So far, there doesn’t appear to be any allegations of wrongdoing while he worked for the Rochester City School District.

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