Use It Or Lose It
November 29, 2001
There are serious holes in the multi-million dollar effort by the states and local school districts across America to check the backgrounds of newly-hired teachers. Case in point: the recent controversy in Louisiana where the State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information says it hasn't been using the FBI National Crime Information Center, only a state database. The State Police say they didn't know the NCIC check was required by a 1999 law. And, now that it does know, there are no funds (estimated at an extra $1,068,000) for the staff needed to carry out the NCIC background checking.