Closing Loophole in Law Protecting Students Against Sexual Predators

Your child tells you they were abused by their teacher, a sexual predator, and you bring this to the school administration. The school system immediately takes action by suspending the teacher but also agrees to a nondisclosure agreement that allows the teacher to resign and find a job elsewhere without informing their new employer about the allegations.

That’s the situation currently in New Jersey due to a loophole in the laws regarding sexual misconduct and sexual assault in Garden State schools.

The Assembly Education committee debated the issue for nearly two hours on Tuesday, as legislators considered what wording would lead to always supporting the child, rather than the adult, and if that was appropriate. The committee was considering a package of bills addressing sexual misconduct and sexual assault in New Jersey schools, and they were split over language, but eventually voted to release the bills to the floor.

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