Kansas State Board of Education to renew discussion on teacher crime
TOPEKA, Kan. – A hot topic of discussion of the Kansas State Board of Education is how to push prosecutors into doing a better job of reporting felony convictions to help the board remove problem teachers.
On Tuesday, board members planned to reopen the topic for discussion on their agenda for the Kansas Legislature’s 2014 session. The topic arose in the month of August as the board cancelled the licenses of 6 teachers, including 4 convicted of sex offenses against minors.
Kansas law needs prosecutors to report all felony convictions to the Department of Education regularly so it can check them against employment rosters but there is no punishment for disobeying the rule.
During the past 2 years, only fourteen of the state’s 105 county prosecutors have filed reports of that kind.