By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The state Senate has sent the House a pair of bills designed to protect school children from misconduct and sexual abuse by teachers.

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One bill, sponsored by Democratic Senator Anthony Williams of Philadelphia, would close a loophole that allows school districts to hire employees despite a history of investigations, discipline or dismissals for abuse or sexual misconduct.

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Williams cited the example of an educator who killed a 12-year-old boy in West Virginia, despite having been fired for molesting students at a school in Delaware County, “His well documented history of going from school district to school district — the school district being well aware of the potential consequences of his activity.”

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The other bill passed by the Senate would update the state’s policies for investigating and disciplining educators accused of misconduct. Both bills go to the House as state lawmakers consider a panoply of measures to protect children in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.