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Proposed new law would detail criminal histories of students

The State of Texas is close to enacting a law that would provide teachers with more detailed information about the criminal histories of students in their classrooms.

Texas already provides some background information about students, but the new law would turn over details of crimes and arrests that most states keep confidential.

The legislation is adding to a national debate over whether teacher safety should outweigh the rights of young offenders.

The measure was spurred by the fatal stabbing of a teacher in Tyler in 2009.

It was passed by the state legislature last month and awaits approval by Governor Rick Perry.

KTRE's Holley Nees is getting local reaction to the proposed law and she will have a special report tonight at 6 on the East Texas News.

What do you think?  Should Governor Perry approve a law that would give teachers more detailed information about the criminal histories of students?  Take our KTRE.com web poll.

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