Kansas board to discuss tweaking teacher license law

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – The State Board of Education is considering requesting a modification of state law to improve the reporting of teachers convicted of certain crimes.

The board was scheduled to hear a recommendation Tuesday from a deputy education commissioner on people seeking either a new teaching license or the renewal of an existing license.

Kansas law bars the board from issuing teaching licenses to anyone convicted of certain offenses, including sex crimes, child abuse, murder or promoting obscenities.

Prosecutors are required to regularly report all felony convictions to the Department of Education so it can check them against employment rosters. But there are no penalties for not complying.

Education officials want better reporting, including fingerprint checks to verify license applications and monthly reports to the state about any convictions involving license holders.

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