Unfortunately, south-central Kansas is well-represented on the list of teachers whose licenses could be revoked this week by the Kansas State Board of Education because of criminal convictions, mostly for sexual activity with students. The six teachers include two who taught in the Wichita district, one from Clearwater and one from Cheney. But it’s good to see the state board emphasizing that districts and local prosecutors are obligated to notify the state of such crimes by teachers and school administrators. “This is the new normal,” Cheryl Whelan, general counsel for the State Department of Education, told the Lawrence Journal-World. Consistent reporting is the surest way to prevent such individuals from merely switching to new districts and classrooms.
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