Earlier this year, North Carolina received an “F” on our teacher screening process in a USA Today report.
Several years ago, and by several I mean SIX YEARS ago, the subject of performing background checks on teachers in North Carolina was suggested, a committee did some work on it and their results were promptly stuck in a drawer by NC Superintendent Atkinson.
Shorter: Atkinson blew it off.
Also, the Board of Education never followed up. Shame on them too.
Since then, North Carolinians have been treated to a continuous flow of headlines about teachers in our state having sex with students or being arrested on one charge or another.
Don’t believe me? Visit Carolina Plotthound’s “Not A Homeschool” collection.
Now legislators are having to do the job DPI should have done — again.
Go read SB 867, titled Protect Students In Schools, which requires criminal background checks to be performed when a teacher applies for a job and licensing in the state of North Carolina.
Dear Haymaker, I’m well aware of the section making these checks unavailable to the public. I have inquiries pending and requests for comment submitted to the relevant parties. When I get those responses, I’ll write about it.
In the meantime, acquaint yourself with Article 7. – The Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records.