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Bill would expand crimes leading to teacher decertification

Associated Press - February 24, 2008 6:15 PM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A bill before the Washington state Legislature would strengthen state laws aimed at protecting children from predators and felons.

The bill, which that has passed the state House and awaits action in the Senate, would close the net on people who try to go from one school district to another despite their problems with inappropriate, but not illegal, relationships.

It also would broaden the list of crimes for which a conviction can cause educators to be automatically fired and have their credentials revoked.

The list would include, for the first time, crimes against adults and would add some crimes against children such as kidnapping, incest and promoting prostitution of a minor.

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