Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: June 11, 2015
Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, Bo Rainey, Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma
and State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister join Gov. Mary Fallin
ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 711 in the Blue Room at the
State Capitol on Wednesday, June 10.
Governor signs law requiring schools to notify Board of
Education when teacher is terminated for criminal activities
A bill requiring schools to report if a teacher is
fired due to criminal activities was signed into law on Wednesday,
according to the bill’s author, Senator John
While the state Board of Education has always licensed state teachers,
there has previously been no requirement that local school officials
inform the state board about criminal misconduct involving educators.
This has allowed teachers to move freely between districts after
they’ve been fired due to criminal activities without being
reported to the state board. Under Senate Bill 711, schools will
now be required to notify the state board when a teacher is fired
due to criminal activities, including reports of sex offenses, embezzlement
and other activities which constitute a crime.
The law seeks to balance student safety and protect the due process
rights of professional educators. SB 711 includes several safeguards
to protect wrongly accused teachers.
“This law will help eliminate “teacher hopping”
and will keep other school districts from unknowingly hiring teachers
who have been accused of misconduct,” said Sparks. “I
commend my fellow legislators, especially co-author Senator Kyle
Loveless and principal house author of SB 711, Representative Lee
Denney, for supporting this measure all the way to the Governor’s
The new law goes into effect July 1.
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