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Is Cleaning House the Best Way for Schools to Deal with Sexual Abuse?

When leaders at Prince George’s County Public Schools announced last week that a volunteer at Judge Sylvania W. Woods Elementary School had allegedly made videos of more than a dozen children performing sex acts, the system’s chief executive put the school’s principal on paid leave.

When Los Angeles school officials found out four years ago that a third-grade teacher had abused dozens of children, including feeding them semen in what he called a tasting game, the system’s superintendent removed all 128 of the school’s staffers — every one of the 88 teachers and 40 janitors, administrators and others.