Lawmakers Consider Stronger Oversight of Teacher Misconduct

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - State lawmakers are considering a proposal that would grant civil immunity to school districts that share more details about teacher employment histories.

Senate President Pro Tem Michael Gibbons proposed the bill in respone to an Associated Press investigation into teacher sex abuse.

The AP inquiry found that 87 licensed teachers in Missouri lost their credentials from 2001 through 2005 because of sexual misconduct.

Gibbons says school districts currently do not get the whole truth when checking a teacher's background.  He says they can find out when that person worked at another district and whether he or she was dismissed from a job, but that's about it.

The Senate Education Committee took no action on Gibbons' bill yesterday.

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