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Maine teachers working without criminal background checks

background-check-1054067_1280Maine’s criminal background check system for school workers has been placed under intense scrutiny after a teacher who was working without credentials was accused of sexually assaulting a student under his care. As a result of this blunder, the Maine Sunday Telegram/Portland Press Herald requested a list from the Department of Education of all public school employees in Maine who do not have credentials. Three months later, rather than providing the requested list, the DOE informed the news outlets that they had found discrepancies in the list, and simply didn’t know how many people fell into that category. Among the reasons given for these difficulties: the information is held on two separate databases that cannot be cross referenced.

Full story by Noel K Gallagher via the Portland Press Herald