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senate Bill S. 1596

Keeping Schoolchildren Safe from Sexual Predators

Argument in favor

An effective aid in preventing child abuse by establishing further safeguards.

Argument opposed

Infringes on privacy of current and potential employees.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    IntroducedOctober 29th, 2013

What is Senate Bill S. 1596?

States that any school receiving federal funds must perform background checks on all new AND existing employees, including contractors. There is currently no national standard for how such background checks are conducted; this Act would standardize such checks. Additionally, the Act would ban the practice of letting a predator resign and move on to a new school, as opposed to being terminated, a practice known as "passing the trash". 


Impacts current and future employees of any school receiving federal funds.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1596

A CBO cost estimate is not available at this time.

More Information


HuffPo: Manchin and Toomey Team Up on Background Checks 

The Economist: Passing the Trash 

Of Note:

-According to Toomey (R-PA) and Manchin (D-WV), the bill's cosponsors, 130 U.S. teachers have been arrested for sexual misconduct since January 1st, 2014. 
-Currently, five states do not mandate background checks for employees, and twelve states do not require background checks for contractors. 
-The House unanimously passed a version of this bill in October 2013. 


Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act

Official Title

A bill to require State educational agencies that receive funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to have in effect policies and procedures on background checks for school employees.