Monday, November 5, 2007

States Vow Crackdowns On Teacher Sex Abuse

Posted at States

Looks like some good news is coming out the recent AP report regarding sexual abuse in America's schools.

The state government would open its now-secret books on teacher sexual misconduct in Maine.

Missouri school districts would be barred from backroom deals that let misbehaving teachers quietly move on.

New York would be able to swiftly remove convicted teachers' licenses.

Across the country, governors, legislative leaders and top education officials are pledging to close loopholes that have allowed teacher sexual misconduct to persist. In Congress, legislation that targets such misbehavior has gathered more sponsors.

However, not everyone is so eager to get on the bandwagon.

In Minnesota, Karen Ballmer, executive director of the Board of Teaching, said requiring each district to check with the state before hiring a new teacher could become a logistical problem at certain times of the year, when districts are doing a lot of hiring.

In Missouri, the state School Boards' Association raised doubts about an across-the-board ban on confidentiality agreements.

"Sometimes, there are good reasons a school board might have for confidentiality agreements," said association spokesman Brent Ghan. "Some protect the identity of students. Some protect the districts from costly litigation, saving taxpayer dollars."

Keep digging. I'm sure there's a good excuse for allowing predators to have unrestricted access to our children in there somewhere...

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