Educators Beware….Be Good!
October 21, 2009
Ohio schools stepping up the background check process. If I am not mistaking this is the first state in the country to try a program like this. Kudos to Ohio Schools for protecting themselves against…….themselves!
System scours daily offenders for educators
Educators don’t need to alert their school districts when they get arrested. The districts already know.
A new computer system links a list of licensed educators — teachers, coaches, counselors, nurses, aides and tutors — to a statewide list of arrests each night. It then sends automatic notifications to the Ohio Department of Education.
A worker at the department then e-mails the districts where the arrested educators work to let school officials know they should follow up with law-enforcement authorities.
Since the system began operating in mid-August, the department has received 36 arrest reports for educators in 33 school districts. Most arrests were for infractions such as traffic offenses or driving under the influence, said Jim Miller, who oversees licensure and educator discipline for the Education Department.
The most serious arrest that Miller could recall was for domestic violence.
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