17:1252      Establishment of clearinghouse

  A. (1) The Department of Education, with the approval of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, may establish a Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse. The clearinghouse shall be a depository for the personnel files of all persons who were employed by any city or parish school system, or by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, or by any college or university to teach in any elementary or secondary school who have ceased to be employed for any reason other than death or retirement.

  (2) Such files shall be maintained as confidential, except that with the permission of the teacher, any school employer, public or private may review the contents of any teacher's folder when considering him for employment. Further, the department may extract from each deposited personnel file the teacher's name, certification status, areas of certification, and address for inclusion in an availability list that shall be regularly published and circulated to each city and parish school board and any other school system employer who requests the list. Any teacher whose personnel file has been deposited with the clearinghouse may request, in writing, that his name and information not be included on such availability list. All such requests shall be honored.

  B. The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education shall formulate and adopt appropriate regulations for the governance of the Teacher Recruitment Clearinghouse.

  C. For the purposes of this Part, "personnel file" shall be defined as provided in R.S. 17:1233(2).

Added by Acts 1988, No. 457, Sec. 1.