Kansas education board wants to fingerprint more teachers

Friday, September 20, 2013

In an effort to better shield classrooms from convicted felons, Kansas is moving toward requiring certain educators to submit fingerprints when renewing their teacher licenses so they can be checked against a state criminal database.

In a 9-1 vote this week, the State Board of Education endorsed the policy change during a follow-up to an August discussion of how to strengthen a law requiring prosecutors to notify the state about criminal convictions of people seeking or renewing teaching licenses.

“If it is our job to police it, perhaps we need to say this is the way it’s going to be,” said board member Deena Horst of Salina.

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