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Notes: Proposed legislation aims to make schools aware of employee arrests

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One of the biggest stories of the last week came from the neighboring Mount Vernon area of Fairfax, where a State Senator introduced legislation requiring schools to be informed if a teacher is arrested for certain felony offenses.

The legislation from Sen. Scott Surovell introduced a bill requiring schools to be informed if an employee is arrested for offenses including sexual offenses or facilitation of prostitution. The legislation comes after Fairfax County Public Schools discovered that not only was a school counselor still employed two years after an arrest for solicitation of prostitution from a minor but that he’d been arrested two years earlier for the same violation.

The counselor was arrested in Chesterfield County, and police there allegedly attempted to contact then-Superintendent Scott Brabrand, but the emails were sent to the incorrect addresses. The new legislation will require Superintendents to give the Department of Education updated contact information to receive these reports.

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