Student Teachers' Backgrounds Often go Unchecked

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Many student teachers are making their way into Kansas classrooms without undergoing the same background checks required of seasoned teachers.

No checks are required and colleges and universities vary widely in the checks they conduct before placing students in schools. The University of Kansas requires its students to undergo the same checks required to be licensed which includes being fingerprinted.

Emporia State University asks students to self report legal problems. With university level checks uncertain, the Auburn-Washburn School District in the Topeka area will begin conducting checks of potential student teachers in January.