Lawmakers pass teacher misconduct bill

School lockers, Photo Date: August 2007 / Photo: US Air Force (MGN)

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine schools would have to alert the state about investigations into teacher misconduct under a bill headed to the governor's desk.

The Senate and House unanimously approved the bill Thursday.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage submitted the bill, which aims to address the issue of Maine educators who are accused of misconduct, and who then resign while maintaining their teaching credential.

Schools would have to notify the state, and vice versa, of investigations into teacher misconduct under the bill.

The bill addresses conduct involving alcohol, illegal drugs, physical and emotional abuse, stalking and "violating boundaries." Lawmakers passed the bill as a "mandate" because it doesn't provide additional state funding.