Senate advances bills on teacher misconduct

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 4, 2013 4:45 AM

(Harrisburg) -- Two bills advancing in the state Legislature are designed to expand requirements in place to protect schoolchildren from potential predator teachers. 

The bills, passed unanimously by the Senate, are on their way to the House. 

One bill is designed to prevent school administrators from hiring educators who have been investigated, fired or disciplined for abuse or sexual misconduct.

The sponsor, Sen. Anthony Williams (D-8), says perpetrators often relocate and victimize new children because of this loophole.

Another bill would expand the state's policies under which professional educators are investigated and disciplined for misconduct in Pennsylvania.

Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-13) says his bill is designed to more effectively deal with teachers who are accused of misconduct.

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