Child Protection Legislation Passed with Enhancement from Cutler
10/15/2014
HARRISBURG –Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) offered an amendment to legislation preventing Pennsylvania employees who have been caught having sexual relationships with students from being hired by another school.
 
The legislation, written by Rep. David Maloney (R-Berks) and passed in the House in April, was amended into a broader piece of legislation by Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia). The House concurred on the legislation today.
 
It would require public and private schools in Pennsylvania, as well as their independent contractors, to conduct a thorough employment history review before offering employment for a position involving direct contact with children.
 
Each applicant is required to provide detailed background information. His or her previous employers also must supply a school entity with all requested background information for the applicant to be considered.
 
“The legislation was a great advancement. However, because employees who abuse students typically resign before they are fired and their employers do not always report the abuse to the authorities, I knew that the legislation had to be strengthened,” Cutler said. “We cannot risk our children’s well-being by allowing a previous offender such intimate access to them.”
 
Cutler’s amendment requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to obtain and monitor public safety and criminal justice information regarding educators.
 
“When the bill becomes law, our children will enjoy a much greater level of protection. I want to thank Representative Maloney for writing the bill and also Senator Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster for ensuring that the amendment was included,” said Cutler.
 
The bill applies to all public schools, private schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools in the Commonwealth. It is now on its way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
 
Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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