Bill to Expand Immoral Conduct to Include Aiding & Abetting Sexual Abuse Signed Into Law

Gov. Scott Walker signed a group of bills on Friday, Dec. 8, including Senate Bill 253 authored by Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Town of Delafield) that will implement in state statutes provisions in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) intended to prohibit aiding and abetting sexual abuse of children/students by school personnel.

The bill would specify in state law that it is immoral conduct for a DPI licensee (e.g., a teacher, administrator or HR director, etc.) to assist a school employee, contractor, or agent to obtain a new job in a school or school district if the licensee knows or has reason to believe that the person committed a sex offense against a student or a minor.  A violation could subject the licensee to potential loss or his or her DPI license.

SB 253 would also prohibit a school board, governing body of a private school, and operator of a charter school from assisting a school employee, contractor, or agent to obtain a new job in a school or school district if the school board, governing body, or operator knows or has reason to believe that the person committed a sex offense against a student or a minor. SB 253 was signed into law as 2017 Wisconsin Act 130.

The WASB supported this bill. See our full testimony.