Action urged on Pa. bill to avoid cover-ups of school sex offenses

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

When teachers or coaches are charged in incidents involving sexual relationships with students, it’s disturbing on a number of levels, not the least of which is the potential that the offenses go unreported and could occur again.

Part of that potential is the reality that schools can allow educators to quit quietly and get hired at another school without their past known.

To combat that risk, State Rep. David Maloney, R-130th Dist., has authored a bill, House Bill 2063, that would require public and private schools in Pennsylvania, and their independent contractors, to conduct a thorough employment history review prior to offering employment to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children.

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