Lubbock ISD to Comply with Fingerprint Background Check - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/27/07

Lubbock ISD to Comply with Fingerprint Background Check

Lubbock and area schools are making an effort to comply with a new state law, effective January 1st. The new rule will require fingerprints from all teachers, administrators, counselors, librarians, substitute teachers and others to check for any past felonies or misdemeanors.

In January, the law will apply to new applicants only. Existing employees must submit by 2011.

Lubbock ISD does annual criminal background checks on all employees. Assistant Superintendent, Ralph Madrid, say they've been fingerprinting new teachers and aides since 2003.

"Anything we can do to check people and make sure they're without a criminal element has got to be good for our schools and for kids," said Madrid.

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