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State Puts Into Writing Its Promise to Fund Background Checks

Whoever teaches your child will be put through very thorough criminal background checks and fingerprinting.  Just this Monday, Texas lawmakers wrote in a letter to the Texas Education Agency that the state will pay for those background checks instead of the school districts.

The cost is about ten million dollars for the first two years.

The legislature now has to re-organize the budget to allow for that money,which could take months.

Even so, school districts say they're willing to wait since the background checks will run candidates through a national system; and because fingerprints are a usually a sure-fire way to identify a criminal.

The $50 per person background checks will be used on everyone in a district.  But, teachers, administrators, counselors and so on will have to submit both fingerprints and undergo the background check.

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