School districts will soon be able to check job candidates’ names in a database of teacher misconduct. USA Today published a jaw-dropping investigation, which showed that educators who have been disciplined for troubling behavior have routinely been able to find new teaching jobs by moving to a different state. Those educators escaped the notice of state education officials charged with properly reporting and investigating wrongdoing in their past. Now, school districts across the country will be armed with a new line of defense against teacher misconduct: the ability to check any potential hire against a national database that tracks educators whose licenses have been revoked or suspended for bad behavior.

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