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Kansas Board to Revise Teacher Licensing Rules

Associated Press - September 17, 2013 7:02 pm

Data from the Kansas Department of Education indicates reverting to an old public education funding system that would be acceptable to the Kansas Supreme Court would hurt schools in suburban Kansas City.

The State Board of Education has voted to require all Kansas teachers renewing their licenses to submit fingerprints for checks against a state criminal database.

Tuesday’s 9-1 vote came during a discussion of how to strengthen a law requiring prosecutors to notify the state about criminal convictions of people seeking or renewing teaching licenses.

Kansas has been fingerprinting applicants for new teaching licenses since 2002. The new policy would extend the requirement to teachers renewing licenses every five years.

State law bars the board from issuing licenses to anyone convicted of sex crimes, child abuse, murder or certain other offenses.

Prosecutors are required to regularly report all felony convictions to the Department of Education so it can check them against employment rosters. But there are no penalties for not complying.

Terry L. Clark

September 18, 2013 at 12:19 am

Now if they’d start doing that with politicians…

Fuchs Mi

September 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

How about radio stations as well who give us inaccurate news.

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