The bill requires school districts, district charter schools, institute charter schools, and boards of cooperative services (local education providers) to notify parents of students enrolled in a local education provider of charges brought against an employee or former employee, who has or had contact with students, if the charges are for one of the offenses that requires the denial, suspension, or revocation of a teacher license if the employee were a teacher.
A local education provider may provide notice to parents of charges brought against an employee for one of the offenses that could result in the denial, suspension, or revocation of a teacher license if the employee were a teacher.
The bill specifies the students whose parents must receive notification and the information that a local education provider shall include in the parent notification. The local education provider shall notify parents by mail or electronic means within 2 business days after learning of the charge unless the charging criminal justice agency requests a delay in notification. If notice is sent to parents, the local education provider shall also send notice within 2 business days to the same parents in the same manner regarding the disposition of the charges.
Each local education provider and the judicial districts in which the local education provider is located shall enter into a written agreement concerning the dissemination of information to a local education provider regarding charges brought against employees.
The bill requires a local education provider to use best efforts to comply with the notification requirements and exempts the local education provider from liability for damages that may arise from its failure to comply with the notification provisions included in the bill.
The bill prohibits the state board of education from waiving the requirements of the bill relating to parent notification for school districts or for charter schools authorized by a school district or by the state charter school institute.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)