CPS Workers to Undergo Fresh Background Checks Before Start of Next School Year

Teachers, coaches, vendors and others who regularly work inside Chicago Public School buildings will undergo updated background checks this summer prior to the coming academic term. Those who fail to do so will not be allowed to enter the schools. The estimated cost for the renewed background checks could be as high as $2 million, but the effort aims to obtain fingerprints for the 13,000 employees and 10,000 vendors who currently dont have any on file. Although the city of Illinois has a rap-back system that allows state police to check lists of fingerprinted school employees and notify school districts of convictions, the school system told a Chicago Tribune investigative reporter that there have been instances where this notification process was insufficient.

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