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Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act

Stop “Passing the Trash” into Pa.

Sen. Toomey has introduced a bipartisan bill, the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act, to prevent abusers from reaching children in the first place. In addition to banning the dangerous practice of “passing the trash” from outside states into Pennsylvania, Sen. Toomey’s bill requires any school receiving federal funds to perform background checks on all employees and contractors who have unsupervised access to children. Amazingly, 12 states do not require background checks for these coaches, teachers’ aides, and substitute teachers who are often hired as contractors and who have virtually unfettered access to vulnerable children. The background checks must be thorough, covering two state and two federal databases, and must be periodically updated.

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