Toomey backs bill for expanded background checks
But the checks often stop after an employee has been hired. And there's nothing to require schools to notify police if a convicted predator applies for a job, or to prevent them from helping an employee who has engaged in sexual misconduct with a student to transfer or get another teaching job.
Closing those loopholes is important, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) said Friday in Berwyn.
"It surprised me when I discovered this wasn't already the law," Toomey said at a news conference at the Upper Main Line YMCA to promote a bill he sponsored to address the gaps. "I think we should be checking to make sure the people being hired in schools aren't violent sexual predators."