Consider This: We need a uniform system for background checks on teachers

Consider This: We need a uniform system for background checks on teachers
(Source: WECT)

There is no fool-proof system that will guarantee 100 percent safety for our children. But if certain measures can be taken to improve those chances, shouldn't we consider taking them?

Consider This: The WECT investigative team detailed this week how the system of background checking potential employees for our school system in North Carolina is weak.

Four of the five counties we cover in southeastern North Carolina don't fingerprint teachers.

Some check nationwide for criminal history – others don't. It would seem to make sense to have a uniform backgrounding plan across the state for all school districts to make sure we have as much integrity to our school system as possible.

There are always going to be some bad apples, but if we are strong up front in making sure school employees have a clean record, it should give us all confidence of those who are mentoring our children.

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