Lawmakers OK more background checks for Indiana teachers

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel of Indiana lawmakers has endorsed recommendations to strengthen the state’s background checks system for educators and streamline the process for revoking a teacher’s license.

The Indianapolis Star reports the proposal would require school employees to undergo background checks every five years. Currently, employees are only screened when hired. The education panel also recommended on Tuesday that employees have their initial screening completed before their first day of work.

The proposal says the state could revoke a teacher’s license if the employee is convicted of some felonies, including sexual misconduct with a minor. The Indiana Department of Child Services would also be required to report more information to schools, including when the agency verifies child abuse claims against a school employee stemming from an incident outside of school.

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