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Text of the Keeping All Children Safe in Schools Act of 2002

This bill was introduced on July 26, 2002, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 26, 2002 (Introduced).

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HR 5257 IH

107th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5257

To provide private school parity with public schools in obtaining criminal background checks of employees, volunteers, and applicants, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JULY 26, 2002

Mr. FLETCHER (for himself and Mr. CAPUANO) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce


A BILL

To provide private school parity with public schools in obtaining criminal background checks of employees, volunteers, and applicants, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Keeping All Children Safe in Schools Act of 2002’.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    The Congress finds the following:

      (1) In order to protect schoolchildren in the United States, the Congress facilitated national criminal history background checks of America’s elementary and secondary school employees, volunteers, and applicants.

      (2) All children enrolled in elementary and secondary schools deserve the same level of protection from sexual predators and other dangerous persons.

      (3) Some States, in providing national criminal history background checks for elementary and secondary schools in the State, do not provide to private schools in the State the same access to such background checks of employees, volunteers, and applicants.

      (4) Legislation is necessary to ensure that all private elementary and secondary schools have effective access to the same protections currently afforded to public elementary and secondary schools in such States.

SEC. 3. PRIVATE SCHOOL ACCESS TO CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS.

    (a) EQUITABLE TREATMENT- A private elementary school or secondary school that pays all applicable costs shall have the same access and responsibilities as a public elementary school or secondary school for purposes of obtaining a national criminal history background check of a school employee or volunteer (or an applicant for such a position).

    (b) RULEMAKING- The Secretary of Education, in consultation with the Attorney General, may prescribe regulations to carry out this section.

    (c) DEFINITIONS- In this section, the terms ‘elementary school’ and ‘secondary school’ have the meanings given those terms in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).