New Law Helps Schools Avoid Hiring Previous Sexual Offenders

School employees who commit sexual offenses against students shouldn’t be able to simply move on and find work at a new school. A new law aims to make sure of that.

House Bill 4316, signed into law recently, creates new requirements and systems for reviewing the employment history for all school positions that involve direct contact with students. This includes a template developed by the Illinois State Board of Education for entering and storing information on school employees and applicants.

The new law also creates specific provisions for how parents are to be notified when students are victims of sexual offenses.

The legislation was filed in response to a sexual abuse scandal within the Chicago Public Schools system a few years ago.

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