Report offers ideas to tighten background checks at schools

Report offers ideas to tighten background checks at schools

Excerpted from localmemphis.com, by Brad Broders

A first of its kind report outlined how Tennessee school districts can better protect against hiring people who sexually abuse children.

The comptroller’s office study released Wednesday gave ideas on how districts can improve background checks and better define employee misconduct.

This study came after a 2016 USA Today report, which gave Tennessee a grade of F in how school districts conduct educator background checks and report educator misconduct.

The study comes as Memphis groups want adults trained to pinpoint abuse signs.

“Any case of sexual misconduct against a student or a child is one case too many,” Legislative Research Analyst Tara Bergfeld said.

Preventing all educator abuse of kids is what drove Bergfeld, the report’s co-author.

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