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Bill Aimed at Stopping Sexual Predator Teachers Passes State Senate

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State Senators Anthony R. Bucco and Joseph Pennacchio Credits: NJ Legislature
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MONTVILLE, NJ – The bill aimed at stopping pedophile teachers from moving around to various school systems, dubbed the Safer Schools bill, has passed another hurdle by passing unanimously in the New Jersey Senate, 39-0, on Feb. 1.

The bill, S414, originally reported on by TAPinto Montville here, was first sponsored by Assemblyman Jay Webber (R-26). State Senator Joseph Pennacchio (R-26) and Senator Anthony R. Bucco (R-25) brought it to the state Senate Education Committee on Jan. 25 where it passed unanimously.

The bill would require school districts to share information about sexual misconduct and child abuse investigations of teachers unless the claims were proven to be false or unsubstantiated, and grant school districts legal immunity. It would also ban the separation agreements that force districts to destroy or withhold information about those probes, according to a release from Webber.

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“Schools must request all information when hiring new staff, not just dates employed, salaries, and position held,” Bucco said in a Facebook post. “Providing a safe environment for children comes first and foremost.”

“The structure for reporting and hiring teachers must be reformed!” Pennacchio said in a statement.

S414 has been received in the Assembly and referred to the Assembly Education Committee according to the state’s legislative website, where it is number A2199.

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