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February 15, 2016

The search term "teacher arrested" produced over
76-million results on Google
DAILYKENN.com -- Millions of Americans entrust their children to surrogate parents — agents of the government — by force of law. 

America's teachers, however, are exempt from extensive background checks. The powerful teachers unions and the federal government's Dept. of Education are careful to protect agents of the government who are employed as teachers from scrutiny. 

The outcome is devastating. 

While the national media have exploited rare instances when Catholic priests have abused children, the national media routinely ignores the epidemic of teachers assaulting America's most vulnerable citizens: our children. 

A simple Google search of terms such as "teacher arrested" will produce hundreds of examples of government school agents we trust to teach our children who are, in fact, abusing them. 

Our Google search produced over 76-million results. 

USAToday.com reports that in 2007 Florida Congressman Adam Putnam proposed legislation that would have required the government's Dept. of Education to form a database consisting of "teachers found to have engaged in sexual misconduct and make that information available to the public."

Some libertarians — this writer included — question the wisdom of allowing the federal government to maintain criminal records of government agents working in the capacity of teachers. It's akin to allowing inmate guard themselves. However, if the government won't establish such a database, who will? 

From USAToday we read: 

A USA TODAY NETWORK INVESTIGATION: The U.S. government does not maintain a national database listing all teachers who permanently lost their licenses. Ramon Padilla and Berna Elibuyuk, USA TODAY.
Children are mandated to attend school, she said. “We want to make sure that the federal government is doing everything they can to make sure that our children are being protected while they’re in these schools.”

More recently, the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act was championed by U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. It included provisions that would require states to conduct background checks on school employees and prohibit school officials from facilitating the transfer of teachers accused of sexual misconduct to a new district

Concerns by anti-federalist lawmakers have prevented the legislation from moving forward. Opponents included Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who said during floor debate in April 2014 that he opposed the bill because responsibility for checking the backgrounds of teachers should be local.

“If we want safe schools, that is the job of parents, communities, school boards and states,” Alexander said. “It is not a duty to be bucked upstairs to the Senate and the Department of Education.”

Despite the opposition, half of the bill — a provision to prohibit states from transferring teachers accused of misconduct from one jurisdiction to another — was enacted as an amendment to the Every Student Achieves Act in December 2015.

Toomey said he will continue to push for a federal measure requiring states to conduct criminal background checks on teachers.

“Tell me where in America parents don’t want their kids to be safe from sexual predators,” he said. “There is no argument that some school districts should be safe and other kids should be at risk to physical harm.”

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