An Indiana Senate committee approved by a 9-0 vote on Tuesday new legislation that requires a national background check be run on all prospective employees of Indiana schools. Before the passing of this new law, Indian school corporations could run their own background checks and could choose whether they wanted statewide-only checks run or national background checks. With this legislation, schools no longer have the option to choose a statewide-only background check and must require that all applicants for positions at Indiana schools pay to have a nationwide background check conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.This ensures that criminal acts outside the state of Indiana do not escape the review process and makes hopping from state to prevent detection a less desirable strategy.
Senate Bill 160, as it is referred to, makes it mandatory to check for all criminal and sex offender records on a national level. The bill was sponsored by state Senators Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte, and Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne. According to Senator Wyss, "For a small amount of money we're doing an exceptional amount of safety checking." The small amount of money that Senator Wyss is referring to is the estimated $40 fee that must be paid by the applicant for the background check to be run by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The 9-0 vote is a strong indicator that there is no argument among those in the committee that this bill will help to make the screening process of applicants for school positions much stronger and help protect school children and other staff more than the statewide-only background checks.
Part of the process of undergoing a national criminal background check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation is to be fingerprinted. One other senator on the committee was curious as to whether all applicants would have to provide their fingerprints during the background check for employment with Indiana schools. Senator Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, questioned Senator Tom Wyss on the matter, and in response he replied that only applicants who were finalists for positions at schools would have to provide their fingerprints.
After the results of the national background checks come back, it is then up to each school to decide who should be disqualified and who is appropriate for a school-related position. The Indiana State Teachers Association widely supports Senate Bill 160, and there is yet to be any clear and strong opposition to the legislation.
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