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Bertino-Tarrant advances bill requiring assault allegations by teachers to be immediately reported

Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant

State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, is sponsoring a bill requiring state’s attorneys in Illinois to immediately notify school officials when a school employee is accused of harassment or assault.

House Bill 3687 passed this week in the Senate Education Committee, which
Bertino-Tarrant chairs, requires state’s attorneys to provide school administrators with a copy of the complaint, indictment or other information pertaining to the charges.

“Our children should be safe at schools,” Bertino-Tarrant said in a news release. “This measure ensures school administrators have all of the facts in order to make decisions in the best interest of students.
If an accused school employee or educator has direct contact with students, steps will need to be taken to change that.”

Bertino-Tarrant added that the legislation is being advanced in response to allegations of sexual misconduct in Chicago Public Schools. She called a hearing last summer to address news reports detailing accusations of misconduct by dozens of CPS employees that were not reported to authorities over a 10-year period.

“It is unacceptable that sexual predators were not only near our children, but in positions of trust,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Everyone should be outraged that these abusers were able to prey on students because of insufficient oversight.”

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