SC bill would require districts to check subs

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — A bill requiring South Carolina school districts to conduct criminal background checks on substitute teachers has received initial approval.

A House Education panel on Tuesday unanimously approved requiring districts to screen applicants through the State Law Enforcement Division. The agency has agreed not to charge districts to run names through the state computer system. That free service will not involve the more extensive fingerprint checks.

Education officials said most districts already check substitutes through SLED, but some don’t for fear of the costs.

They urged legislators to pass the bill for students’ safety. The bill moves to the full House Education Committee.

Some districts also check school volunteers, at a cost of $25 each.

We’re always proud when South Carolina makes bold decisions on behalf of children… Here’s a pat on the back!

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