Background Checks of Longtime Educators Lag

Jason Morris

This makes me feel great, my 2nd grader starts school tomorrow.  The State of Ohio is widely considered one of the best states when it comes to the accessibility of fingerprinting and the channeling of results.  Ohio makes it very simple for industries to conduct background checks when fingerprints are required.  The fact that educator background checks are behind is ridiculous.

Background Checks of Longtime Educators Lag

Many to return to classes without a search for criminal history in years
Saturday,  August 16, 2008 8:50 PM

By Jennifer Smith Richards

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Hundreds of longtime educators whose criminal histories haven’t been examined in years, if ever, will return to their classrooms in the next few weeks without background checks, the state says.

The state didn’t even require fingerprints to be submitted until Sept. 5, after the start of school in most districts, but a backlog in federal background checks means that it could take much longer before the Ohio Department of Education examines the results.

In addition, the department’s priority is to check the background of new licensees before looking to see whether longtime school workers have criminal records.

All school workers must be fingerprinted for state and federal background checks under a state law enacted last fall. But educators with permanent or eight-year licenses are particularly affected, because many had not been checked.

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President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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