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Fingerprint bill requires background checks for private schools employees

June 06, 2019 06:57 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC) – Lawmakers in the state Senate passed their version of the Fingerprint Bill on Tuesday.

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It requires all religious and private schools in New York to run fingerprints and a background check on potential employees. The rules have been in place for public schools since 2001.

Supporters say the changes are needed to keep sex abusers and previous offenders from working in schools and around students.

There is also a version of the same bill in the state Assembly.

Under current law, New York public schools submit fingerprints for prospective employees to the state Department of Criminal Justice Services and FBI for background checks.

The push comes after Governor Cuomo signed a bill last year requiring private schools to report cases of sex abuse involving teachers or staff to authorities.

News10NBC wanted to fact check this fingerprint topic.

While private schools may not have to do these criminal background checks by law, many may be already doing them anyway.

In 2018, the New York State Association of Independent Schools issued new standards for preventing and responding to sex abuse. The rules tell all members to run fingerprints.

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