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Published April 27, 2010, 03:05 PM

MN Governor Signs School Abuse Bill

Parents must be notified in child is abused by a teacher.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Starting Aug. 1, the Minnesota Department of Education will be required to tell parents if it's investigating whether a teacher has abused their child at school.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed the bill Tuesday.

Democratic Rep. Tim Mahoney of St. Paul sponsored the bill. It passed both the House and Senate unanimously.

The bill was proposed after a Spring Lake Park student was abused by his kindergarten teacher. His parents didn't learn of the abuse until nearly two years later.

Under the new law, the Education Department also must let parents know when the investigation is complete.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.