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Democrats looking to fast-track abuse reporting requirements

Jan 23, 2018 7:15 am

Rick Karlin is reporting for Capitol Confidential state Senate Democrats on January 22, called for quickly advancing legislation that would force administrators of private schools to report sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement. The effort was prompted by a recent scandal in the Buffalo area that involved the sexual abuse of private school students by teachers. In that case, three former administrators at the school failed to take action against the teachers involved. Under current state law, if the abuse had occurred in a public school system, the administrators would have been required to report the teachers to the authorities immediately. The proposed measure, sponsored by state Senators Tim Kennedy, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Brad Hoylman, and John Brooks, would close this loophole. It would also prohibit private school administrators from withholding an allegation of abuse from authorities in exchange for the accused’s resignation or suspension. Read the full story at Capitol Confidential, a Times Union blog.