State not following law on arrests of teachers

Colorado education officials have been ignoring a law intended to “flag” the arrests of teachers and then alert all school districts and charter schools across the state, a Coloradoan investigation has found.

The 2008 law requires the Colorado Department of Education to issue an alert every time a licensed educator is arrested. The arrest information is provided by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

But a Coloradoan investigation shows CDE officials have largely ignored the law since it was passed, arguing that they didn’t have enough money to implement it. Within days of the Coloradoan inquiring about the situation, CDE officials said they planned to start following the law. They couldn’t provide a specific timeline.

Former state Rep. Gwyn Green, who sponsored the bill that included the notification requirement, said she wasn’t surprised by CDE’s inaction.

“They have a record of not following laws,” said Green, a Democrat from Golden who has retired from the Legislature. “If this were you or I — if we ran a red light, we’d get a ticket.”

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  • clw

    Wow. I’m impressed with Gwyn Green; which is saying alot since I haven’t seen many Dems do anything I’m normally impressed with, especially recently. She is really to be commended not just on bringing this to light, but sponsoring the bill, and beyond that, following thru! I can understand her aggravation at the laws not being enforced; and it begs the question, is she as outraged about the immigration laws not being enforced? Either she should be outraged at ALL laws not being enforced, or maybe she’s just outraged at the one she sponsored not being enforced. I hope it’s the former and not the latter.