04/04/19 -- HCS HB 739 -- Requires schools to disclose disciplinary action in cases of sexual abuse

Bill Number: 
HCS HB 739
Bill Purpose: 
Requires schools to disclose disciplinary action in cases of sexual abuse
Date of Vote: 
04/04/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HCS HB 739, introduced by Representative Rocky Miller (Republican - District 124) requires disclosure between school districts about a former employee when requested, specifically regarding any confirmed violation of a policy related to abusive behavior towards a student.

Under current law, if a teacher is fired for abusing a student and applies for a job at another school district, the original district that fired the teacher is not permitted to disclose the details of the termination when requested during a pre-employment check.  As a result, a teacher could be re-hired in a new area and be put in front of students again.  This bill aims to fix that issue.

It seems to me that if you are fired for cause from a public institution (especially for matter that might be criminal), the reasons for your termination aught to be made available upon request by a future employer.  While I would not extend such mandate to private entities, I believe if you choose to work for a taxpayer funded entity, a greater degree of disclosure is warranted.