Governor Eric Holcomb has signed legislation that will require criminal background checks for existing school workers, including teachers, every five years.
INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric Holcomb has signed legislation that will require criminal background checks for existing school workers, including teachers, every five years.
Supporters of House Enrolled Act 1079 say schools need to do more to keep predators out of schools in the first place.
Mike McCarty, CEO of Safe Hiring Solutions in Danville, said Indiana will have now have one of the strongest background screening requirements in the United States.
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“You have a large number of Indiana school employees who have never had a background check or only a statewide check,” said McCarty. “This law will go a long way to making schools safer.”
Highlights of the legislation, which takes effect July 1:
New School Employees:
Existing School Employees:
Call 6 Investigates recently found the Indiana Department of Education failed to immediately revoke licenses for teachers convicted of child seduction.
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