States seek to stymie hiring suspected sex-predator teachers

It's called "passing the trash": A school suspects a teacher of sexual misconduct and forces the teacher out to protect the students. But that person can still get a new job in a new school, sometimes with a glowing recommendation.

Only Pennsylvania, Missouri and Oregon ban the practice.

A federal mandate passed in December now requires states to address its potential risks. Connecticut is considering such legislation.

Advocates say it's an important tool to keep abusers from moving from school to school and hurting more children.

A Connecticut teachers union says it overreaches and presumes guilt before innocence.

And the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education says it worries the legislation might make it difficult for schools to make timely job offers.