- Associated Press - Thursday, May 26, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Anyone seeking to be licensed to teach in North Carolina would have to undergo a criminal background check under legislation working its way through the General Assembly.

A Senate committee voted Thursday for legislation directing the State Board of Education to create the state and federal criminal history requirement to qualify for teaching in public schools. The legislation lays out dozens of crimes that would disqualify the candidate in part because they pose a threat to student and worker safety.

Now local education boards decide whether certain other school personnel applicants must be reviewed that way. The bill would require such criminal checks for these job applicants.

The state and local boards could charge applicants a fee for the criminal check.

The measure now heads to another Senate committee.


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