Juvenile criminal records may open up for Texas teachers

Posted: June 14, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Teachers in Texas may soon have the criminal records of their students opened up for review — records normally closed to those not directly involved in their criminal cases.

Here are the first few graphs of Danny Robbins’ Associated Press article on the potential of the new law which, of course, would be a big move in the world of juvenile justice:

DALLAS — Texas is close to enacting a law that would provide teachers with detailed information about the criminal histories of their students, opening juvenile files that have always been confidential and are unavailable in most states.

The legislation, spurred by the fatal stabbing of a high school teacher in Tyler in 2009, is adding to a national debate over whether teacher safety should outweigh the rights of young offenders, who traditionally have moved through the juvenile justice system with their privacy protected.

The new disclosure rules were passed by legislators with little public attention last month. A spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry said the governor is “thoughtfully” reviewing the measure before deciding whether to sign it.

And here is the link to the full article:

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