State Board Of Ed Pulls Teachers Licenses Of Convicted Felons

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Making sure they know when teachers commit crimes was a focus for the State Board of Education at its meeting Tuesday.

The board voted unanimously to remove the licenses of four teachers convicted of sex crimes, as well as two others who were convicted of burglary and fraud.

Before the vote, some board members expressed concern that not all county and district attorneys are reporting felonies as they should be, so the names can be checked against school employment rosters. However, education department officials believe the process has improved.

Cheryl Whelan, an attorney with the State Dept. of Education, told the board schools have gotten better with the process since an education effort was implemented. She said the department receives regular reports from superintendents about potential issues.

In other action at their meeting Tuesday, board members reviewed a draft of proposed requirements for a new "Celebrate Freedom Week." Under a new law, schools must take the week of Sept. 17, or another designated week, to teach students about the nation's founding documents, like the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.


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