Indiana Lawmakers Want to Expand Background Checks for Teachers

Although school districts in Indiana are in favor of legislation that would require running background checks for teachers, some are worried about how additional measures would be paid for. The USA Today Network revealed that the state-by-state patchwork of laws and regulations fails to keep teachers with histories of serious misconduct out of classrooms and away from schoolchildren. Current law allows a three-month window for background checks to be completed, but the current bills would shorten that window to one month. Lawmakers also are discussing whether schools should put policies in place to check a prospective employee’s references before an offer is extended.

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