Increased background checks for teachers and school staff are being considered by the Indiana General Assembly, in response to an investigation that found weaknesses in the statewide screening system.
Current state law requires a background check for school personnel when they are hired. The new law could possibly require more frequent background screenings, one every five years. Rep. Robert Behning, the House education policy leader said that he envisioned all employees who have contact with children.
“The goal would be to make sure we’re doing this fairly frequently,” said Behning, “to make sure if anything has fallen through the cracks we catch it.”
The proposal is in the wake of several sexual misconduct cases involving school personnel. State lawmakers are meeting ahead of the legislative session to recommend changes to the background check system in Indiana.