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Helm Strong Supporter of Bill to Stop “Passing the Trash” In Our Schools
4/3/2014
HARRISBURG – Rep. Sue Helm (R-Dauphin) voted in support of legislation unanimously approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday that would prevent Pennsylvania school districts from hiring employees who pose a danger to students. House Bill 2063 would require public and private schools and their independent contractors to conduct a thorough employment history review before offering a job to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children. Helm is a co-sponsor of the measure, which now heads to the Senate for consideration.

“It is our duty to take any steps within our power to protect students from sexual predators, even those who may prey on them at school,” said Helm. “If this measure becomes law, it would ensure tragic cases like the one that occurred recently in the Susquehanna Township School District never happen again. In that case, a former administrator with a questionable employment history was charged with having a sexual relationship with a student. The district had no knowledge of the red flags in his record when he was hired.”

Under current law, a school district employee can resign quietly after being accused of misconduct with a student and administrators are not required to provide information about the alleged offenses to a prospective employer. The employee with the questionable past is then unknowingly hired by another school district where the abusive behavior may continue. The practice is known as “passing the trash.”

The legislation would also provide for immunity from criminal and civil liability for school entities and independent contractors that disclose the requested background information, removing the threat of a frivolous lawsuit being filed by an offender. In addition, it would prohibit a school entity or independent contractor from entering into an agreement to maintain the confidentiality of findings or allegations of abuse against a current or former staff member.

If enacted, the new law would apply to all public schools, private schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools in the Commonwealth.

For more information on Helm and her legislative priorities, visit SueHelm.net or Facebook.com/RepHelm.

Representative Sue Helm
104th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Andy Briggs
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