A new plan to require criminal background checks for all Kansas educators is generating a lot of buzz across the state. The proposal would require teachers to be fingerprinted in order to renew their teaching licenses. For teachers who were hired after 2002, the plan doesn’t involve anything new for them. Fingerprints have been part of the requirements to get an initial teaching license for the past 12 years. The Kansas Department of Education estimated about 35,000 teachers were hired before those rules were in place.