State senator calls for more scrutiny of school hires after criminally-charged teacher found working in Lyons

An Illinois state senator said Monday that he plans to introduce legislation to “close a loophole” that allowed two suburban districts to employ a teacher awaiting trial on attempted murder charges.

Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, said he’d had a number of discussions over the weekend with his legislative staff about crafting a bill to give the Illinois State Board of Education leeway to suspend the license of an educator who is charged with “heinous, serious and violent” crimes.

He said he was motivated to consider such a bill after learning that a middle school teacher accused of shooting another man seven times following a traffic dispute in Tinley Park had been teaching at a Lyons middle school until last week.

Currently, ISBE can only strip an educator’s license after they have been convicted — not simply charged — with a crime like attempted murder.

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October 22, 2018 at 07:45PM

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