Ky. lawmaker says bill would no longer require state to drop pending educator misconduct cases

Republished from WEKU.

A measure that requires Kentucky to speed up investigations into educator misconduct cleared the state House Wednesday.

The original version of House Bill 300 would have required the Education Professional Standards Board to drop cases that hadn’t been litigated on the proposed 120-day timeline.

Lawyers for the EPSB said that “retroactive provision” would have forced them to drop more than a hundred pending cases against educators, including dozens accused of inappropriate relationships with students.

But Alexandria Republican Rep. Mike Clines, who sponsored the bill, told his colleagues on the House Floor that he’s made changes and that those cases would no longer be automatically dismissed.

“The [new legislation] removes the retroactive clause to the pending complaints filed with the EPSB,” Clines said Wednesday.

The measure would still force the EPSB to work on a shorter timeline moving forward.

“It makes sure that professional school personnel receive due process and will be treated fairly and professionally by the EPSB staff,” Clines said.

The version that passed the House Wednesday lays out an 80-day timeline for EPSB to investigate cases and come to a decision. That decision could be that further investigation is needed.

The measure also allows the EPSB to defer its decision when educators are facing criminal allegations, allegations of child abuse or neglect, or when the educator is appealing a personnel decision through a tribunal process.

HB 300 heads to the Senate.

Spokespeople for the EPSB did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Originally published by WEKU.

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