NC may require some teachers to fingerprint and be checked for criminal history

Those who want to work in a public school in North Carolina may need to have their fingerprints taken and their criminal history checked under legislation endorsed by some state legislators.

The North Carolina House of Commons Board of Education passed a bill on Tuesday requiring public schools to check the background of job seekers. The law will also require anyone who wants to become a teacher, or a teacher who is trying to renew his license, to be fingerprinted and checked for criminal history.

Those who refuse to submit to the check below House building 240 You will be denied a job and education license.

Schools are not currently required to perform criminal record checks under state law.

“Basically, teachers just say they need to be checked for criminal history,” said John Torbett, a key sponsor of the bill and co-chair of the school board, on Tuesday.

Gaston County Republican Tobet said state director Catherine Turuto would support the bill. The bill is currently being submitted to the House Parliamentary Procedures Committee.

Some school districts in North Carolina Fingerprint school employees from kindergarten to high school The News & Observer previously reported that it is not required by state or federal law.

The school district states that the current system relies on the use of school district staff and external vendors such as: USInfoGroup Performing a background check is an effective way to screen out bad job seekers.

However, background checks failed in several highly publicized cases, including two former Johnston County teachers arrested for tampering with work qualifications in 2019. One of those former teachers was hired despite a history of criminal serious crimes.

North Carolina made a national headline in 2016 When USA Today Gives State F Grade To screen people who apply to become teachers. USA Today quoted a state task force report stating that “many other states require fingerprint background checks before issuing licenses.” North Carolina recommended to follow.

Who has to pay for the background check?

Following national coverage, the Senate unanimously passed a law requiring teacher fingerprint authentication in 2016. The bill died when the House and Senate disagreed with technical amendments before the end of the legislative session.

Another bill was submitted in 2017, but died on the committee.

On Tuesday, Tobet eradicated the school discipline bill to turn it into a criminal history check bill.

Under this bill, the state board of education will require teacher candidates and those seeking renewal of licenses to undergo a criminal record check. This includes submitting a fingerprint.

The bill will also require public schools to conduct criminal checks on job seekers at either Consumer Reports or the state’s public security bureau.

One of the issues is who should pay for the background check.

The North Carolina Educators’ Association has said in the past that it is not against requesting checks. But it opposes getting people to pay for it from their pockets.

Or, under the law, anyone who needs to be checked for a criminal record may be charged a fee. It’s up to your current or future employer to pay for them.

However, the bill also allowed public schools to conduct regular background checks, and employees could not charge for these background checks.

Exempt from $ 50 sub-charge for teacher’s personal day

The school board endorsed several other bills on Tuesday, including:

▪ ▪ That law Exempt from the requirement for teachers to pay $ 50 For substitute teachers to cover their classes when they take a personal day.Teachers will have to not pay Explain the reason for your absence To my boss.

▪ ▪ bill Replace 4 high school end exams In the national examination.

▪ ▪ Required law Schools to create threat assessment teams As a way to identify potential school shootings.

▪ ▪ Laws that facilitate success Charter schools duplicate themselves with state approval..

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