Passing of New Law Could Give Teachers Background Information on Students

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 8:52am

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 11:55am

Texas may be on the verge of passing a new law that provides teachers with the criminal histories of their students, Matthew Searcy has more.

Juvenile files that are currently confidential, may soon be made available to Texas teachers for the safety of the people in the school. New student disclosure rules were passed by state Legislators last month, but still need the approval of Governor Perry. Garcia middle school teacher Nancy Vera believes the potential law will have a positive impact on the safety for children first. She has been teaching for the past 25 years and understands the importance of getting to know her students and she believes it can be enhanced with prior knowledge of a students background.

One additional point of the increased information from the new law would be superintendents providing teachers with all pertinent details from the background check. Also, written notices would also be provided to teachers in the event of a student's arrest.

Vera believes that the additional information will benefit all parties and increase what she loves most, the relationship with her students.

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Great article! Good job Mr. Searcy!

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