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Senator Pushes to Tighten Background Checks for Teachers

background check for teachersSen. Pat Toomey is pushing to include a provision in anti-human trafficking legislation that would bolster background checks for teachers.

Senators started debate Tuesday on the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). The legislation expands resources for law enforcement, while also starting a fund for trafficking victims.

Toomey said, while he supports the legislation, he wants to amend it so it will “protect even more children.”

Under the Pennsylvania Republican’s amendment, schools would have to do thorough background checks for any employee who has unsupervised contact with children in order to get federal funding for teacher salaries.

Read More: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/235196-senator-tighten-background-checks-for-teachers