After multiple teachers were arrested, North Carolina looks to fingerprinting for the answer
Rich history, breathtaking mountains, and beautiful beaches make North Carolina a wonderful state, but its lack of background checks for teachers isn’t good for anyone.
In fact, it’s technically harder to be a licensed manicurist than it is to be a licensed teacher in the tar heel state.
In 10 states, background checks and fingerprinting services for individuals aren’t required for teaching applicants. North Carolina is one of those states, and it’s caused students and families plenty of grief and suffering. In 2017, one North Carolina teacher was caught with a handgun on campus, another was charged with assaulting a disabled child, and an elementary teacher was accused of sexually assaulting two students.
“Our students in North Carolina deserve to have a teacher that’s been vetted by their employer and their licensing entity,” the attorney for the North Carolina school board said to news station WCNC.
In the past, North Carolina has rejected fingerprinting applicants because of the cost, but that’s likely to change with House Bill 117. The bill is still pending, but it hopes to make North Carolina the 41st state to require background checks and fingerprinting services for individuals who want to be teachers.
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