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Senator yanks ex-convict school expulsion bill

A bill to keep public schools off-limits to convicted violent criminals has been tabled.

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The Senate Education Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on Senate Bill 1056 this afternoon. But Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, decided to pull the bill “after realizing it may have unintended consequences for young people who get into trouble,” according to the Associated Press.

The state Correction Department had voiced concerns about the bill. So had the state’s Juvenile Corrections Department, although the agency had stopped short of formally opposing it.

The bill would have required school boards to refuse admission to former convicts, if they had served a sentence of 12 months or more for a violent crime.

Here’s a link to our previous coverage of the bill.

Kevin Richert is a reporter and blogger at Idaho Education News (idahoednews.org). Kevin is a former Statesman editorial page editor, with 27 year's experience in Idaho journalism.

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