Keep the Iowa Standard Going!
Current law requires a school district to report to the Board of Educational Examiners any instance of action taken against a licensed employee for a list of specific types of misconduct: soliciting or consummating a romantic relationship with student; falsifying grades or test scores; using public property for personal use; or being at school or school activities in possession or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
But, there is currently no timeframe in which this notification must occur. The legislation I proposed sets a 30-day timeline by which this action on misconduct needs to be reported to the Board.
The BOEE would still have 180 days to look into the report and take action. As a mother of school age children, one of my biggest concerns is student safety, and this bill is one additional step to ensuring our students are protected from bad actors.
You can watch the bill debate here.
Thanks to Representatives Brink, Hanusa, and Ehlert for their help in ushering this bill through the Education committee.