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California teachers to attest to reporting abuse

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California teachers applying for or renewing their credentials will be required to acknowledge that they understand their responsibility to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or county welfare officials.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday announced signing AB2560 by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord. The bill came in response to troubling cases involving child abuse in schools.

According to Bonilla's office, teachers reported several cases of suspected abuse to a principal in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District last year. But the principal never contacted law enforcement authorities and the abuse wasn't discovered until later.

AB2560 requires all teachers applying for or renewing their credentials to read and sign a statement saying they will report suspected child abuse to Child Protective Services or police, and not just to administrators.

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