Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Federal report: Despite existing powers, government’s steps to combat pervy teachers ‘clearly not enough’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For decades, federal officials have had the means to track educators who sexually assault students, but haven’t enforced their own laws.

That serious lapse, combined with a hodge-podge of federal, state, and local laws addressing educator sexual misconduct with students, has created a system with gaping holes that allow pedophile educators to abuse students in one district, then quietly resign and continue their behavior in another.

Those are the major themes from a recent federal Government Accountability Office report that explored states’ and districts’ steps to prevent educator sexual abuse of students, their approaches to investigating and reporting allegations, and the federal government’s efforts to address what appears to be a growing problem.  (more...)


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