State education board mulls notifying parents about accused teachers
April 13, 2010
DENVER (AP) – School districts would be required to notify parents when a teacher is arrested or charged with a serious crime under a proposal before the Colorado Board of Education.
Board chairman Bob Schaffer began drafting the proposal after Poudre School District in Fort Collins did not tell parents about the felony arrests of two former employees. One arrest involved a teacher accused of abusing a middle school student.
Both the Colorado Education Association and the Colorado Association of School Boards oppose the idea, saying the state board lacks authority to pass a rule. The organizations say it is unfair to employees and school districts.
Poudre School District notified parents about one teacher after learning the Coloradoan planned to report it.