Texas Teachers May Get Student Criminal Histories

June 13, 2011 - 2:29 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Texas is close to enacting a law that would provide teachers with more detailed information about the criminal histories of students in their classrooms.

Texas already provides some background information about students but the new law would turn over details of crimes and arrests that most states keep confidential.

Juvenile experts complain the new law could make it harder for young offenders to lead a normal life after they are released. But educators insist teachers are in too much danger.

The legislation is adding to a national debate over whether teacher safety should outweigh the rights of young offenders.

The measure was spurred by the fatal stabbing of a teacher in Tyler in 2009. It was passed by the legislature last month, and awaits approval by Gov. Rick Perry.