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NEA supports commonsense action to detect and prevent abuse in schools

Abuse in schools is reprehensible and intolerable

WASHINGTON - January 31, 2014 -

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) today released a report that reviews national efforts to prevent sexual abuse of students by school personnel in public K-12 schools. The report was commissioned by U.S. Representative George Miller (D-CA).

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel issued the following statement:

“As a profession, we have zero tolerance for such reprehensible abuse, period. As educators, we have a professional responsibility and moral obligation to keep students safe at all times.

“We applaud GAO for its comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of the multiple entities at the federal, state and local levels that are now involved in the ongoing effort to ensure that our students are safe.

“We fully support the GAO’s four calls for commonsense action by the federal government to further support and build upon best practices. The GAO’s recommendations, if acted upon, will provide educators with the tools, training and resources they need to prepare students for school and beyond.

“We urge school administrators, educators, parents and federal and state stakeholders to continue to work together to keep children safe and create safe learning environments—so teachers can teach and children can learn.”

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