Concerned About Juvenile Sex Offenders, States Move to Tighten Their Regulations
Safety of other students weighed in considering shape of new rules.
Confronted with widely publicized accounts of assaults by juvenile sex offenders against fellow students or school staff members, several states this year are grappling with the issue of how to balance a student’s right to an education with the threat that such a student may pose.
Through administrative policies and legislative proposals, lawmakers and officials in Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas are debating who needs to know when a sex offender enrolls in school, who is in charge of such notification, and whether a traditional school setting is appropriate.
“This is one of those blind spots for schools. We’re been so busy protecting our schools from external threats that we haven’t looked at the internal threats,” said Jeri Stone, the executive director of the Texas Classroom Teachers Association, an independent, nonunion group...
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- Maryland State Department of Education, MD
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