Background Checks and Fingerprinting in Public School Systems (Part II)
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 7 No. 1 (2006): Vol-7-Issue-1-January-2006
It is understood that background checks with the inclusion of fingerprinting is simply a snapshot of the
background history of that individual at that point and time. In addition, screening with fingerprints only
detects individuals that have encountered the criminal justice system. It is, however, a starting point. So,
what sanctions are imposed on individuals that have been accused of misconduct? What do
administrators of schools do with complaints and accusations of educator misconduct?
This is the second of a three part series of articles discussing background checks and fingerprinting in
the K-12 public schools. The first article discussed background checks with the inclusion of
fingerprinting—the benefits and limitations as well as the policies of 50 states and the District of
Columbia. This article discusses effects of educator misconduct, complaints and accusations,
consequences for abusers, state disciplinary action, cause for sanctions, and access to actions.