New Teachers Will Soon Under Go Background Checks To Get Licenses

By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)
By: WIBW (Kion Hudson)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- New teacher applicants in Kansas could soon need to go under go background checks to get their license.

Department of Education Attorney Scott Gordon presented state board members a follow-up proposal requiring teachers to have a set of fingerprints on file so they can be enrolled in the rapback program.

This will allow an accurate and clearer criminal history for new teachers.

Scott Gordon said, "it's unfortunate that we hear on the news engaging in misconduct with or without students being involved and I think parents want to be sure that the State Board of Education is taking action to make sure that the wrong people aren't still in the classroom."

Gordon says he's still talking to the Teachers Union and Kansas Association of School Boards and it will be several months before the proposal is put to a vote.


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