Ritter OKS Bill Cracking Down On Teachers With Crime Record

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Denver (AP) Governor Bill Ritter has quietly signed a bill that requires teachers convicted of child abuse or illegal sexual behavior to agree never to teach again anywhere in this country.

The law also requires the department of education to release the names of teachers and school employees convicted of such violations if it takes any action against their licenses. And, it requires school districts to notify the state if a teacher is fired or resigns due to allegations of illegal behavior with a child, including sex assault.

Teachers unions, school executives and school boards had opposed the bill, saying it would hurt rural communities that are having trouble finding teachers.