Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Kay Bailey Hutchison
(R-TX) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the Helping Schools Protect Our Children Act of 2012 (S. 3173). This
bill amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (P.L. 107-110)
to include training for school personnel on how to recognize child
training activities currently target a variety of purposes furthering
certification, recruitment and retention, professional development and
quality administration and instruction of school personnel. S. 3173
would make recognizing child sexual abuse a training option under
activities by state, local education agency and eligible partnerships.
Training could be targeted towards teachers, principals, and pupil
services personnel. Current law does not include training options for
recognizing other forms of abuse and as written, S. 3173 is limited to
sexual abuse. This legislation follows a spate of proposed policies in the wake of the university sexual abuse tragedies highlighted in the media at the end of last year.