Maloney’s Legislation to End “Passing the Trash” Headed to Governor’s Desk to Become Law
HARRISBURG – Rep. David Maloney’s (R-Berks) child protection legislation, which passed the House in April, was approved by the state Senate today and is now on its way to Gov. Tom Corbett to be signed into law. The legislation would prevent school employees in Pennsylvania who have been caught having sexual relationships with students from being hired by another school.

“The current system for hiring and firing school employees in Pennsylvania is inadequate to ensure our children’s safety,” Maloney said. “In fact, a recent report revealed Pennsylvania is tied for second among all states in the nation for the highest instances of school employees sexually abusing students.”

Maloney’s bill would require public and private schools in Pennsylvania and their independent contractors to conduct a thorough employment history review prior to offering employment to any applicant for a position involving direct contact with children.

Too often in Pennsylvania, school administrators discover employees abusing students and instead of firing them and reporting the abuse to authorities, they allow them to quietly resign and slip away,” Maloney said. “The result is that these predators have been able to easily gain employment at another school or other workplace that again places them close to children so they can repeat their behavior.”

Under the provisions of Maloney’s bill, each applicant must provide detailed background information in order to be considered, and previous employers must provide a school entity with all requested background information regarding a former employee.

Maloney’s bill was made even stronger than pending federal legislation due to an amendment successfully offered by state Rep. Bryan Cutler of Lancaster. Cutler’s amendment requires the Pennsylvania Department of Education to obtain and monitor public safety and criminal justice information regarding educators to prevent known abusers from “hiding in plain sight.”

The bill will apply to all public schools, private schools, nonpublic schools, intermediate units and area vocational-technical schools in the Commonwealth.

Representative David Maloney
130th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Charles Lardner
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