Kan. education board wants better felony reporting

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Board of Education wants prosecutors to do a better job reporting felony convictions so problem teachers can be weeded from the profession.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://is.gd/ZGxE0G ) reports that the issue was discussed Tuesday when the board revoked the licenses of six teachers, including four convicted of sex offenses against minors. A state law requires prosecutors to report all felony convictions to the Department of Education monthly so it can check them against employment rosters. But the law doesn’t provide any penalties for prosecutors who don’t comply with the requirement.

The state says only 14 of the state’s 105 county prosecutors have filed any reports with the department in the past two years. And there are concerns that some cases are slipping through the cracks.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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