“This bill is about the safety and well-being of Hoosier children,” said Rep. Rhoads. “By conducting a national background check, school administrators are able to examine a more comprehensive background check and ensure that potential job candidates have a clean history.”
House Bill (HB) 1160 requires a national criminal history background check for school employees. Currently, school corporations can request a national background check or an Indiana criminal records check. A national criminal history background check requires a search of the criminal history record system maintained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation rather than a background check that searches through records maintained by each state.
“Making sure that Indiana has safe schools is a top priority for the General Assembly,” said Rep. Davisson. “House Bill 1160 provides a stronger foundation to examine quality teachers and helps guarantee peace of mind for parents across the state.”
The fee required for a national criminal history check can be paid for by the school corporation or the employee. HB 1160 will move to the Senate for further discussion and debate.
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