New Law Imposes Lifetime Bans on Teaching for Some Offenders

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A conviction for certain crimes against children will carry with it a lifetime ban from teaching under a new Kansas law.

A bill making the change slipped quietly through the Legislature this year. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed it last month, and it took effect May 1.

Generally, state law has said that someone convicted of a sex offense can't obtain or renew a teaching license. However, it also has said that after five years, the State Board of Education can grant a teaching license if it feels the person has been rehabilitated.

Under the new law, that option won't be available to someone convicted of sexual battery against a child. Also, someone convicted of putting a child's life in danger will face a lifetime ban.

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