Dr. Shawn Joseph

Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph (Source: MNPS)

NASHVILLE (WSMV) - News4 has learned that the educator license for the director of Metro Nashville Public Schools has been placed under review.

According to the State Board of Education, Dr. Shawn Joseph's license was placed under review in September 2018.

This comes after News4 was the first to ask about the status of Joseph's license.

At this time, no action has been taken against Joseph's educator license.

The state alleges Joseph and his staff did not report several cases of teacher misconduct in a timely manner.

The statement from the board reads in part:

In August 2018, the State Board of Education became aware that some cases of alleged educator misconduct in the Metro Nashville Public Schools system had not been timely reported to the Office of Educator Licensure as is required by the board’s rule on educator licensure discipline. 

According to the state, school districts must report cases of misconduct within 30 days of learning about it. Back in September, the News4 I-Team uncovered 26 cases in the past year where Metro Schools found teacher misconduct but delayed in telling state investigators.

Click here to read the full statement from the board.

News4 has requested an interview with Joseph, but we were told he is out of town and unavailable for comment.

Stay with News4 for updates on this developing story.

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Kara is an Emmy Award-winning digital producer. She is a Cincinnati native and an alumna of the University of South Carolina. She previously worked at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Ga., before moving to Nashville five years ago to work at WSMV-TV.

Lindsay Bramson joined News4 in June 2016 as an investigative reporter. She currently specializes in consumer issues.

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