JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation intended to give students more protection against sexual abuse by teachers.
The measure is aimed partly at keeping school districts from unknowingly hiring a teacher with a history of substantiated abuse allegations. A district that employed the teacher in the past would have to disclose the information to any other public school that contacts it for a reference.
School employees who learn of possible sexual misconduct by staff members would need to report it within 24 hours.
The legislation also requires districts to adopt written policies on communication between teachers and students through social networks and other electronic media.
Nixon signed the measure into law Thursday.