Colorado parents must be told if a school staffer is arrested on felony charges or for any sex or drug offense, under a regulation passed by the State Board of Education.
The law calls for notifying parents if the DA drops charges but — a puzzling omission — not if the teacher is acquitted.
The Colorado Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, is challenging the regulation in court.
As the union points out, not everyone arrested for a crime is guilty.
My niece’s sixth-grade teacher, a man, left a few months before the end of the school year. Parents weren’t told why and nobody’s produced a shred of informtion. The rumors have gone wild. The teacher’s name is mud.
A new company now publishes arrests that have been posted online — but will supress the arrest record and clear the arrest from search engines for a $99 fee, writes Clayton Cramer on Pajamas Media. It’s very close to extortion, but legal. Career criminals won’t care, but the person arrested once by mistake risks a potential employer, a landlord — even a googling girlfriend — finding the arrest record online with no explanation about dropped charges or acquittal.