|UT||Signed into law 04/2014||P-12||Child Sexual Abuse Prevention|
Adopts certain recommendations of Illinois's Erin's Law Task Force (http://www.isbe.state.il.us/reports/erins-law-final0512.pdf). Directs the state board to approve, in partnership with the department of human services, age-appropriate instructional materials....
|UT||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Criminal Sexual Contact with a Minor|
Modifies the offenses of "sexual abuse of a minor" and "unlawful sexual conduct with a 16- or 17-year-old" by adding a definition of "holds a relationship of special trust" and clarifying that the term includes an adult teacher, employee or volunteer at a scho...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Definition of "Position of Special Trust"|
From bill summary: Modifies the offense of aggravated sexual abuse of a child by providing a definition of the term "position of special trust".
|IA||Signed into law 03/2014||P-12||Professional Misconduct|
Requires adoption of rules to provide in the board's code of professional conduct and ethics that any licensee of the board, who commits or solicits any sexual conduct or solicits, encourages, or consummates a
romantic relationship with any individual who was...
|PA||Signed into law 12/2013||P-12||Amends Professional Educator Discipline Act|
Expands the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Professional Standards and Practices Commission (PSPC) to include educators holding Private Academic School certification and those educators
working for private entities that contract with public schools. The PSPC...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2013||P-12||Sex Offenders on School Property|
From bill summary: Require that the written permission a registered sex offender must receive before entering a school building or onto school grounds indicate the date or date range and time for which permission is granted. Authorizes the chief administrative...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force|
Amends deadline by which the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force must submit its findings on best practices and policies (including a plan with a timetable for implementation of school curricula aimed at preventing domestic violence in schools) from April 2...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2013||P-12||Health Education and Teen Dating Violence Policies|
Provides that basic first aid (including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver), heart disease, diabetes, stroke, the prevention of child abuse, neglect, and suicide, and teen dating violence may be included in grades 7-1...
|OR||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Private School Disciplinary Procedures|
Outlines how school employees may be disciplined or terminated and procedures that can be taken regarding suspected child abuse or sexual conduct.
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12|
|Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Sexual Abuse|
Requires provisions on reporting child abuse to extend to charter schools, and to include reports of child neglect. Clarifies that the TEA policy require districts and charter schools to require each employee to report child abuse or neglect in the manner requ...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Representative of Employee's Attorney by Conference Call in Grievance Proceedings|
Requires a school district grievance policy must permit an attorney or other person representing a district employee concerning a grievance against a supervisor to represent the employee through a telephone conference call, provided that the district has the e...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2013||P-12||Criminal Background Checks for Prospective Postsecondary Employees|
Requires a criminal background check for a prospective postsecondary employee to provide to the institution information on all prior arrests for any of certain sex offenses or crimes of violence, and information on convictions that have been dismissed. http://...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2013||P-12|
|Child Abuse Reporting|
S.B. 1720 - Child Abuse Reporting
Directs the state board, commission for independent education, and board of governors to adopt rules to implement statutory provisions regarding penalties for failure to report child abuse, abandonment or neglect. Page 6 of 56: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Se...
|MS||Signed into law 04/2013||P-12||Study to Create and Implement Sexual Abuse Prevention Curriculum|
Creates the Erin's law study committee for the purpose of studying the possibility of creating and implementing a curriculum for the prevention of sexual abuse of children in the State of Mississippi. The study committee will determine the feasibility of the b...
|MI||Signed into law 12/2012||P-12||Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children|
Creates the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Specified membership requirements.Specified responsibilities of Task Force which include gathering information, creating goals for state policy, and creating recommendations and guidelines. ...
|MI||Signed into law 12/2012||P-12||Opt-Out from Instruction Regarding Child Sexual Abuse|
Permits a parent or guardian to review and/or excuse his/her child from receiving instruction on child sexual abuse.
|CA||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||Child Sexual Abuse Curriculum|
Encourages districts to include age-appropriate instruction related to child sexual abuse in their curriculum to help pupils understand the difference between appropriate and inappropriate conduct in situations where child sexual abuse could occur, and to prov...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2012||P-12||High School Course for Preventing Interpersonal, Adolescent Violence (including Dating Violence)|
Creates the Eradicate Domestic Violence Task Force to develop a statewide prevention course for high school students designed to prevent interpersonal, adolescent violence based on the Step Back Program for boys and girls. Establishes specific duties of the ta...
|DE||Signed into law 07/2012||P-12||Teen Dating Violence|
Requires school districts and charter schools to establish a policy on responding to Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault, including guidelines on mandatory reporting and confidentiality, a protocol for responding to incidents of Teen Dating Violence and Se...
|Campus Programs for Minors|
25 TAC 265.401, 402, 403, 404, 405
From Texas Register: Establishes requirements regarding sexual abuse and child molestation training and examination for employees of certain programs for minors operated by or held on campuses of institutions of higher education or private or independent insti...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2012||P-12||Electronic Communication between School Employees and Students|
Addresses the reporting of certain electronic communication between employees at public elementary or secondary schools and a student enrolled at that school. Addresses the manner, frequency and other guidelines of reporting certain electronic communications. ...
|LA||Passed 06/2012||P-12||Sexual Harassment Training for Public Agency Employees|
Authorizes and directs public agencies to provide in-service education and training on sexual harassment for its public servants. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=806998...
|VT||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12||Abuse Reporting|
S.B. 113 - Section on Reporting Abuse
Includes the governing body of each approved or recognized independent school in the requirement to provide comprehensive health education and staff training, etc. on child abuse or sexual abuse. Requires consideration and presentation of recommendations to th...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2012||P-12|
|Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse|
Existing law includes child service organization personnel among those who must report suspected child abuse. New provision defines "child service organization personnel" as employees or volunteers at any public, private, for profit, not for profit, or volunta...
|FL||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12|
|Child Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse|
Revises language concerning child abuse reporting. Requires any person with knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse by person other than parent or caregiver to report such knowledge/suspicion. Requires similar reporting of knowledge or suspicion of ch...
|IA||Signed into law 04/2012||P-12||A bill for an act relating to mandatory reporting of school employee misconduct to the board of educational examiners.|
Requires local boards, local or regional superintendents, directors of accredited nonpublic schools, etc. to report any disciplinary action for school employee misconduct to the board of educational examiners. Conduct to be reported includes the following: (a)...
|IA||Signed into law 03/2012||Postsec.||Child Abuse Reporting.|
An Act relating to child abuse by prohibiting retaliation for reporting, providing for implementation of reporting policies at postsecondary institutions, requiring review of training requirements. Requires development and implemention of a consistent written ...
|OR||Signed into law 03/2012||P-12||Teen Dating Violence.|
Defines teen dating violence; directs each school district board to adopt a policy regarding teen dating violence. Calls for the Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Fund to encourage and supports services, programs and curricula to educate and inform ...
|OR||Signed into law 02/2012||P-12||Child Abuse|
Expands definition of a public/private official for purposes of reporting abuse or sexual abuse to include an employee of a higher education institution and a coach, assistant coach or trainer of an amateur, semiprofessional or professional athlete, if compens...
|MO||Signed into law 10/2011||P-12||Staff/Student Internet Use|
Modifies S.B. 54. SCS/SB 1 c[ ][ ] This act modifies provisions relating to communications between school district employees and students.Current law requires each school district to promulgate a written policy on teacher-student and employee-student communica...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2011||P-12|
|Gender Expression and Gender Identity|
Creates definition of "gender expression" in the Education Code. Adds that a public education is to be offered to all, regardless of gender identity and gender expression; prohibits discrimination in public schools and charter schools based on gender identity ...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2011||Postsec.||Harassment and Bullying; Nondiscrimination; Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation|
From bill summary: Requests the Trustees of the California State University, the Regents of the University of California, and the governing board of each community college district to adopt and publish policies on harassment, intimidation and bullying to be in...
|CA||Signed into law 09/2011||P-12||Gender Identity and Gender Expression|
Expresses legislative intent that public schools have access to supplemental resources to combat bias on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0551-0600/sb_559_bill_20110906_chaptered.pdf...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2011||P-12||Unlawful Acts with Students|
Requires a superintendent or director of a school district to complete an investigation of an educator based on reasonable cause to believe the educator may have engaged in abuse or an unlawful act with a student or minor, despite the educator's resignation fr...
|MS||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Teacher License Suspension/Revocation For Sexual Contact|
Adds to grounds for revocation or suspension of a teacher or administrative license: (g) The license holder has engaged in unethical conduct relating to an educator/student relationship as identified by the State Board of Education in its rules; (h) The licens...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2011||P-12||Family Life Education|
Provides that any family life education curriculum offered by a local school division shall require the Standards of Learning objectives related to dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships to be taught at least once during middle school...
|GA||Signed into law 05/2010||P-12||Definition of "Sexual Assault"|
Defines "school" and revises definition of "sexual assault" to clarify that one definition is engagement in sexual contact by a teacher, principal, assistant principal or other administrator of any school with such other individual who the actor knew or should...
|CA||Signed into law 04/2010||P-12|
|P-12 and Postsecondary Campuses as "Discrimination-Free Zones"|
Encourages public education institutions to:
--Designate each campus as a "Discrimination-Free Zone" to provide a safe haven from intolerance or discrimination
--Enact appropriate procedures (such as counseling services and conflict management) that meaningfu...
|AL||Signed into law 02/2010||P-12||Alabama Educator Code of Ethics|
Provides that after determining the state board's proposed July 2009 amendment to Rule 290-4-1, creating the "Alabama Educator Code of Ethics," was ambiguous and incapable of being enforced as currently drafted, the legislative joint committee disapproved the ...
|IL||Signed into law 02/2010||P-12|
Relates to the procedure for filing a complaint with the Director of Human Rights relating to discrimination in employment, credit, public accommodations, higher education or certain other circumstances. Requires that a notice of dismissal notify a complainant...
|OH||Signed into law 12/2009||P-12||Dating Violence Prevention|
H.B. 19 - Dating Violence Prevention
Enacts the Tina Croucher Act to require school districts to adopt a dating violence prevention policy as part of its policy prohibiting harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and to include age-appropriate dating violence prevention education in the health edu...
|IL||Adopted 11/2009||P-12||Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision|
23 IAC 1.20, .30, .100, .240, .420, .465, .480, .510, .737
Partially from "Notice of Adopted Amendments" in Illinois Register (changes from this rulemaking but not listed below are technical in nature or echo recent changes in legislation):
Section 1.20: Revised to distinguish among the appropriate levels of sign-of...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||Postsec.||Sexual Harassment Laws and Policies|
Requires every institution of higher education to post in a prominent location a poster stating sexual harassment laws and policies. Requires that the poster be posted in areas easily accessible to students, that an electronic copy be provided to students, or ...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Teacher Conduct, Licensure Suspension and Revocation|
Provides that it is a state attorney's duty to notify the state superintendent of education, the applicable regional superintendent of schools, and the superintendent of the employing school district or the chief school administrator of the employing nonpublic...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2009||P-12||Teen Dating Violence|
Allows the Comprehensive Health Education Program in grades 8-12 to include instruction on teen dating violence. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/96/HB/PDF/09600HB0973lv.pdf...
|AL||Adopted 07/2009||P-12||Alabama Educator Code of Ethics|
Adds section creating the Alabama Educator Code of Ethics. Identifies nine areas of standards of conduct, including teacher/student relationships, background checks and confidentiality of the content of student records and standardized tests. Requires educator...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Child Sexual Abuse and Child Abuse|
Requires districts to adopt policies regarding sexual abuse of children. Specifies that policies must address methods of increasing parent, student and teacher awareness of sexual abuse of children, including warning signs that a child may be a victim of sexua...
|TN||Signed into law 06/2009||P-12||Allegations Against Employees|
Prohibits the issuance of an arrest warrant or criminal summons without written approval of the appropriate district attorney general to the parents or legal guardians of a child who allege that an employee of a local education agency (LEA), who had supervisor...
|AL||Pocket veto by governor 05/2009||P-12|
|Convicted Sex Offenders|
Restricts the presence of convicted sex offenders on or near certain college or university property. Prohibits a convicted sex offender from loitering at or around a school bus stop....
|IL||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12|
|Sexual Assault Awareness Education|
Provides that a comprehensive health education program must include sexual assault awareness in secondary schools. Requires universities and community colleges to provide some form of sexual assault awareness education to all incoming students, whether through...
|NY||Signed into law 07/2008||P-12||Revocation of Teaching Certificate|
Provides for the automatic revocation of a teaching certificate held by a teacher convicted of a sex offense; provides for the termination of education personnel without a hearing upon such conviction. http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?bn=A11500&sh=t...
|HI||Signed into law 06/2008||P-12||Revocation of Teacher's License|
Allows the state teacher standards board to suspend a teacher's license without a hearing and initiate proceedings to permanently revoke the teacher's license when the teacher has been convicted of certain sexual offenses against minors. Requires the departmen...
|OR||Adopted 06/2008||P-12||Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Color|
OAR 581-021-0045, -0046, -024-0205, -0245, -045-001, -049-0020
Prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and color in schools, programs, services and activities. OREGON 29387...
|AZ||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Ethics|
Concerns penalty classifications for sexual conduct with a minor when the perpetrator is the minor's school teacher, clergyman, or priest.
|GA||Signed into law 05/2008||P-12||Inappropriate Behavior by an Educator|
Provides that falsifying, misrepresenting, omitting, or erroneously reporting reports of instances of inappropriate behavior by a teacher, administrator or other school employee toward a student must be addressed in the student code of conduct. Directs the Pro...
|KS||Signed into law 04/2008||P-12||School Safety Violations and Teaching License Issuance/Renewal to Offenders|
Repeals definition of "school safety violation." Rewrites provision relating to a student found in possession of a weapon or illegal drug at school or on school
property, or who has engaged in an act or behavior at school or on school property that resulted in...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||License Revocation for Sexual Offense or Sexually Explicit Conduct|
Requires the State Board of Education to permanently revoke an educator's license if the educator commits a sexual offense against a minor or engages in sexually explicit conduct with a student. http://le.utah.gov/~2008/bills/hbillenr/hb0286.pdf...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2008||P-12||License Revocation for Sexual Offense or Sexually Explicit Conduct|
Requires the state board of education to revoke an educator's license if the educator commits a sexual offense against a minor or engages in sexually explicit conduct with a student. http://le.utah.gov/~2008/bills/hbillenr/hb0287.pdf...
|UT||Adopted 01/2008||P-12||Educator Standards|
Provides definitions, standards for educators as role models, standards for educators to maintain a safe learning environment, standards for professional educator, responsibility for compliance with school district policies and standards for professional educa...
|IL||Signed into law 09/2007||P-12||Criminal Sexual Offense by an Employee|
Amends the Privacy of Child Victims of Criminal Sexual Offenses Act. Provides that when a criminal sexual offense is committed or alleged to have been committed by a school district employee or any individual contractually employed by a school district, that c...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Internet Safety Education Act|
Creates the Internet Safety Education Act. Provides that each school may adopt an age-appropriate curriculum for Internet safety instruction of students in grades K-12. Recommends a minimum of two hours of instruction each school year on:
(1) Safe and respon...
|IL||Signed into law 08/2007||P-12||Sex Offenders' Polling Places|
Provides that when a sex offender's precinct polling place is a school and the offender will be unable to enter the school to vote because the offender is a child sex offender, the offender may vote early or by absentee ballot. Requires that an election author...
|IL||Amendatory Veto by Governor 08/2007||P-12||Prohibition of Sexual Harassment in K-12 Education|
Amends provisions of the Human Rights Act prohibiting sexual harassment in higher education so that they also apply to sexual harassment in elementary and secondary schools; includes private K-12 schools. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/95/HB/PDF/09500HB1268lv...
|LA||Signed into law 07/2007||P-12||Prohibited Sexual Conduct Between Educator and a Student|
Creates the crime of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and a student who is at least 17 but less than 19; provides that such crime is committed when (1) an educator has sexual intercourse with such student, when the victim is not the spouse of the ...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2007||P-12|
|No Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation|
Defines "gender identity" and "sexual orientation." Provides that no educational institution (preK through postsecondary) may discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
|ND||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Prohibits Sexual Offenders Near Schools|
Prohibits sexual offenders from being near public and nonpublic schools and establishes penalties.
|IA||Signed into law 04/2007||P-12||Human Growth and Development Curriculum|
Defines "age-appropriate" and "research-based." Directs the department of education to develop age-appropriate and research-based materials for districts about the dangers of sexual exploitation by means of the Internet, including specific strategies to help s...
|UT||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Sex Offenders Prohibited On Schools, Pre-schools & Day Care Facilities|
Prohibits sex offenders from being in specified protected areas, which include a public or private primary or secondary school that is not on the grounds of a correctional facility and any licensed day care or preschool facility; provides limited exceptions fo...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Requires School Contractors Verify Employee Sex Offender Status|
H.B. 1707, S.B. 1346
Provides that as a condition of awarding a contract for the provision of services that require the contractor or his employees to have direct contact with students on school property during regular school hours, the school board must require the contractor to ...
|VA||Signed into law 03/2007||P-12||Sex Offenders Prohibited On School Property|
H.B. 2344, S.B. 927
Provides that an adult who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense is guilty of a Class 6 felony if he enters or is present on, during school hours, any property he knows or has reason to know is a public or private elementary or secondary school or c...
|WV||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Child Abuse Prevention Programs & Background Checks|
Relates to the Child Protection Act with provisions requiring county boards of education, to the extent funds are provided, to establish programs for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and child assault to be provided to pupils, parents and school perso...
|IL||Signed into law 07/2006||P-12||Failure to Disclose Sex Offense|
Amends the Teacher Certification Article of the School Code. Includes as unprofessional conduct for which a certificate may be suspended the failure to disclose on an employment application a previous conviction for a sex offense or any other offense committed...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Background Checks|
Requires local boards, prior to hiring any employee, to sign sign a statement that:
(1) Provides procedures for the disclosure of information by the applicant's current or previous employer, if such employer is a public school board, on all instances of sexu...
|IL||Signed into law 06/2006||P-12||Sex Offenders|
Amends the Criminal Code. Prohibits a child sex offender to knowingly operate, manage, be employed by, volunteer at, be associated with, or knowingly be present at a child day care facility, or a school providing before and after school programs for children u...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2006||Postsec.||Student Safety Courses at Higher Education Institutions|
S.B. 3112; H.B. 3250
Requires students attending state-supported postsecondary institutions to take a course on hate crimes, sexual harassment, sexual battery, and date rape; requires state- supported postsecondary institutions to renew financial aid for an additional year to athl...
|TN||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Sexual Violence Awareness Program|
S.B. 595; H.B. 0374
Concerns Education, Curriculum; requires local education agencies to implement sexual violence awareness and prevention education for high school students.
|LA||Signed into law 05/2006||P-12||Sex Offenders on School Property|
Defines acts that constitute the crime of unlawful residence or presence of a sex offender. Acts include:
(1) The physical presence of the offender in, on, or within 1,000 feet of the school property of any public or private elementary or secondary school or...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Definition of Abused Child|
Adds to definition of "abused or neglected child" to include a child whose parents or other person responsible for his care creates a substantial risk of physical or mental injury by knowingly leaving the child alone in the same dwelling with a person to whom ...
|VA||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Sex Offenders|
Provides that every adult who has been convicted of certain sex offenses occurring on or after July 1, 2006, where the victim is 13 or younger and the offender is more than three years older than the victim, must be forever prohibited from working or engaging ...
|ID||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Sex Offenders|
Adds to existing law to prohibit access to school children by any person currently registered or required to register under the Idaho Sex Offender Registration Act; provides exceptions; provides a penalty. http://www3.state.id.us/oasis/H0713.html...
|WI||Signed into law 04/2006||P-12||Sexual Assault|
Expands penalities for sexual assault on a child from instructional staff position to staff person or a person who works or volunteers with children.
|IN||Signed into law 03/2006||P-12||Sex Offenders|
Prohibits a sex offender from working or volunteering on school property, at a youth program center, or at a public park. Creates new section defining "offender against children."
|CA||Vetoed 09/2005||P-12||False Accusation of Sexual Assault|
An act to amend Section 48900 of the Education Code, relating to pupil rights. Authorizes a principal or superintendent to suspend a student who knowingly made a false accusation to a school employee that another school employee has committed or attempted to c...
|ME||Signed into law 06/2005||P-12||Student Code of Conduct|
Defines unacceptable student behavior; as including, but not limited to, behavior that negatively affects a student's ability to perform academically or socially, such as: bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, quid pro quo sexual harassment, which is when ...
|WA||Rule Adoption 11/2004||P-12||Definitions of Abuse|
WAC 180-88-010 thru -060
Adopts a new chapter to the Board of Education policies. Provides definitions of sexual misconduct, verbal abuse, and physical abuse. Relates to situations of mandatory disclosure and prohibited agreements. WASHINGTON REG 23819 (SN)...
|PA||Signed into law 07/2004||P-12||Public Employee Pension Forfeiture|
Amends the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act of 1978. Further defines "crimes related to public office or public employment" to include certain sexual offenses committed by school employees against students. http://www2.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/BT/200...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2004||P-12||Sexually Violent Predators|
Existing law barred a sexually violent predator from living within 1000 feet of a public or private elementary or secondary school. Amendment adds that sexually violent predator may also not reside within 1000 feet of a day care facility, playground, public o...
|VT||Signed into law 04/2004||P-12||Harassment in Schools|
Requires boards to adopt policies prohibiting harassment and hazing, including sexual harassment. The stated intent is to: the intent of the General Assembly to:
(1) clarify the definition of harassment;
(2) encourage education and training of teachers and s...
|WA||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Access to School Employee Discipline Records|
Relates to providing increased access to information on disciplinary actions taken against school employees; relates to providing known information regarding employees' sexual misconduct when those employees attempt to transfer to different school districts....
|WI||Signed into law 03/2004||Postsec.||Student Orientation Information|
Provides certain orientation information regarding sexual assault or sexual harassment, including information on sexual assault by acquaintances of the victim, to University of Wisconsin System students electronically....
|WA||Signed into law 03/2004||P-12||Complaint Against School Employees Investigation|
Regards investigation of complaints against school employees of sexual misconduct or physical abuse towards a child....
|MD||Rule Adoption 06/2003||P-12||Student Right to Safe School Environment|
Establishes that all students in Maryland's public schools, without exception and regardless of race, ethnicity, region, religion, gender, sexual orientation, language, socioeconomic status, age, or disability, have the right to educational environments that a...
|LA||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Immorality Grounds for Dismissal of School Employees|
Adds a charge of immorality as a cause for dismissal of a teacher, bus driver, or permanent employee; defines immorality as conviction of a felony offense against the public morals.
|NV||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Suspension of Licenses|
Provides that the employment of a teacher for whom a license is required must be suspended or terminated for failure to maintain a license in force; prescribes administrative procedural protections for certain teachers who are suspended for failure to maintain...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Improper Sexual Relations in Schools|
The Educators' Code of Ethics states that an educator should not "solicit or engage in sexual conduct or a romantic relationship with a student." Though an educator may be sanctioned for violation of this rule, there are currently no laws that would prohibit s...
|TX||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12||Child Abuse|
Requires a superintendent or director of a school district, regional educational service center, or shared services arrangement, to file a
report with SBEC if a superintendent has reason to believe that an educator has engaged in certain incidents of misconduc...
|MO||Signed into law 06/2003||P-12|
S.B. 296 (multiple provisions)
Specifies that all valid teaching certificates issued prior to September 1988 are exempt from the professional development requirement that follows. Narrows types of teacher licences available to an initial professional certificate and a career continuous pro...
|NC||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||School Safety Officers|
Clarifies that it is a felony for a school safety officer to have sexual contact or take indecent liberties with a student....
|IA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Requirement to Report School Employee Nonrenewal or Termination Due to Alleged or Actual Misconduct|
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Requires any local board, superintendent or head of any nonpublic school to report to the state educational examiners board every instance of revocation or nonrenewal of a school employee's contract due to alleged or actual misconduct, as well as the resignati...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Grounds for Disqualification from or Revocation of Teaching License|
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Requires the state board of educational examiners to disqualify an individual from obtaining a teaching license or revoke the teaching license of any individual who pleas guilty or is found guilty of "sexual exploitation by a school employee," regardless of th...
|IA||Signed into law 05/2003||P-12||Sexual Abuse or Sexual Exploitation by School Employee|
H.B. 549 (omnibus bill)
Creates five-year statute of limitations for action for damages suffered as result of sexual abuse or sexual exploitation by a school employee. Action must be brought within five years of the date the victim was last enrolled in or attended the school. Define...
|AR||Signed into law 04/2003||P-12||School Children Protection Act|
Expands the Arkansas school children protection act to include teacher sexual contact with a student; requires termination of employment upon conviction. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/SB691.pdf...
|MI||Signed into law 12/2002||P-12||Criminalizes Sexual Conduct Between School Employees and Students|
Provides that it is criminal sexual conduct if the victim is a minor between certain age groupings and the actor is a teacher, administrator or other employee or contractual services provider of a public or nonpublic school in which the victim is enrolled. htt...
|CT||Signed into law 06/2002||P-12||Sexual Harassment by Coach|
Establishes as sexual assault in the second degree any incidence of sexual intercourse between a coach or a person who provides intensive, ongoing instruction and a recipient of such coaching or instruction who is a secondary school student or under 18. Establ...
|CO||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Reporting by School Employees of Suspected Sex Offenses Against Children|
Includes "unlawful sexual behavior" under definitions of "abuse" and "child abuse or neglect." Requires public and private school officials and employees to report allegations of child abuse to law enforcement agencies immediately upon receipt of such informat...
|CT||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Sexual Abuse of Minors and Child Abuse and Teacher Records|
Lengthens statutes of limitations in cases of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault of a minor to 30 years from date of victim's attainment of age of majority. Adds section stating that in certain cases of recovering damages for personal injury c...
|FL||Signed into law 05/2002||P-12||Education Code Re-Write: Requirement to Report Student-on-Student Sexual Battery|
Creates new section requiring instructional or administrative personnel who know of student-on-student-sexual battery to report the offense to a law enforcement agency having jurisdiction. See bill section 761, page 1416, line 4 ff: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/...
|CA||Signed into law 10/2001||P-12||School Safety and Violence Prevention Act|
States the intent of the Legislature that schoolsites receiving funds pursuant to the School Safety and Violence Prevention Act provide age-appropriate instruction in domestic violence prevention, dating violence prevention and interpersonal violence preventio...
|CA||Chaptered by Secretary of State 09/2001||P-12||Definition of sex offense|
Chapter No.342, Includes in the definition of sex offense, as used in provisions relating to school employees, any offense against the laws of the United States which if committed or attempted in this State would have been punishable as crimes. Prohibits discl...
|NV||Signed into law 06/2001||P-12||Harassment, Intimidation, Discrimination|
Prohibits harassment, intimidation, and discrimination in public schools; requires the Department of Education to prescribe a policy for public schools to provide a safe and respectful learning environment; requires the boards of trustees of school districts t...
|NC||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Employee Sexual Harassment|
Requires local boards to adopt policies addressing the sexual harassment of school employees....
|NV||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Sexual Conduct|
Revises provisions governing sexual conduct between pupils and persons in position of authority at schools....
|OK||Signed into law 05/2001||P-12||Employee Relationships With Students|
Adds new definition of rape. Where the victim is at least sixteen (16) years of age and is less than eighteen (18) years of age and is a student, or under the legal custody or supervision of any public or private elementary or secondary school, junior high or ...
|WA||Vetoed 05/2001||P-12||Sexual Misconduct|
Relates to sexual misconduct with a minor by a person who is a school employee and knowingly causes another person under the age of 18 to have sexual contact with a registered student who is at least 16 years of age and not married to the employee; provides su...
|AZ||Signed into law 04/2001||P-12||Sex Education/Sexual Conduct|
Requires school districts to integrate into existing sex education curricula; relates to sexual conduct with a minor for pupils in grades 7 through 12; allows school districts to develop their own curricula relating to the instruction of laws relating to sexua...
|OR||Unofficially rejected by voters 11/2000||P-12|
MEASURE 9 Prohibits public school instruction (K-12 or Community College level) from encouraging, promoting, or sanctioning homosexual and bisexual behaviors....