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Pennsylvania's S.E.S.A.M.E. Bill or Pass the Trash Bill
The Stop Educator Sexual Abuse, Misconduct and Exploitation (S.E.S.A.M.E.) Act seeks to put a stop to the practice of ‘Passing the Trash’ in Pennsylvania. Passing the trash occurs when a teacher accused of sexual abuse resigns, retires or is terminated and is allowed to quietly move to another school district without his or her new employer being alerted to the allegations of misconduct. This practice endangers countless students every year in Pennsylvania and around the country.
The S.E.S.A.M.E. Act will combat passing the trash with a three-pronged approach:
- Require school administrators to disclose allegations of sexual abuse for each educator given a reference
- Prohibit confidentiality agreements between the school and the alleged abuser
The bill also makes it easier for victims of abuse or suspecting co-workers to report a problem by reducing the mandated period for reporting abuse allegations to the Pennsylvania Department of Education from 60 days to 20 days. Further, it requires that registered sex offenders receive written permission from a district’s superintendent before entering school grounds. (Note: this summary was taken from the SesameNet.org website.