Bill that Gives Schools Deadline on Reporting Teacher Sexual Conduct Gets OK

By: AP
By: AP

AP_ A house committee has approved a bill giving school districts 24 hours to report alleged sexual misconduct by teachers or face possible lawsuits by parents if a teacher commits another violation.

House Bill 1344 was approved unanimously Wednesday. It now goes
before the full house. The bill would require school districts to report teachers who are fired or who resign because of allegations of illegal behavior involving a child, if the claims are supported by significant
evidence.

If the state board of education or a district fails to do a hiring background check on a teacher who later victimizes a child, the parents could sue. Teachers accused of sexual misconduct would have to go through a license revocation hearing to determine the facts.


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