U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa.

Reform of the federal Crime Victims Fund wasn’t the only initiative U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R.-Pa., highlighted during his Monday appearance in Lancaster.

Toomey has authored legislation that would ban a practice known as “passing the trash,” in which a school or school district helps a known pedophile find another teaching job.

You wouldn’t think someone could possibly recommend a child predator as a teacher, but “it’s all too common a phenomenon,” he said.

The Senate included the ban in the Every Child Achieves Act, which it passed in July.

The U.S. House has passed similar legislation, and Toomey said he’s “cautiously optimistic” a final bill will get to President Barack Obama’s desk.

“Passing the trash” is indefensible, said Diane Moyer, legal director for Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape: “It’s just horrifying.”