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Tough issues raised by reporting of teacher arrests

Should school districts be required to inform parents when a teacher or school employee is arrested?

The State Board of Education has been wrestling off and on with that question since last spring, and members were reminded Wednesday morning just how complicated the issue is.

Chair Bob Schaffer, R-4th District, has been pushing the idea, partly because of incidents that the Poudre School District didn't report but which later became public.

Schaffer has proposed a regulation that would require parents be notified if a school employee is arrested or charged for various crimes.

In addition to the philosophical issues involved, such as whether arrests should be reported before formal charges are filed, the board learned that there are several other problems around the issue, including conflicts in state law and incomplete data available to the state Department of Education and school districts.

Get all the details in this story from Education News Colorado.


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