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State BOE wants prosecutors to help keep felons from classrooms

  • Published Monday, Sep. 16, 2013, at 7:27 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Sep. 16, 2013, at 9:13 a.m.

— The Kansas State Board of Education is reopening a discussion of how to prod prosecutors into doing a better job of reporting felony convictions to help the board weed out problem teachers.

Board members plan to take up the issue Tuesday in discussing their agenda for the Kansas Legislature’s 2014 session.

The issue arose in August as the board revoked the licenses of six teachers, including four convicted of sex offenses against minors.

Kansas law requires prosecutors to regularly report all felony convictions to the Department of Education so it can check them against employment rosters. But there are no penalties for not complying.

Only 14 of the state’s 105 county prosecutors have filed any such reports during the past two years.

| The Associated Press

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