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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2023 10:54 AM
From: Representative Jeanne McNeill
To: All House members
Subject: Requiring Background Checks for School Board Candidates
State law requires teachers, school administrators, and various other individuals to obtain clearances to work with children, yet we fail to hold elected school board members to this same standard. Throughout our state, school board members interact with students without the same level of accountability as educators.
This is why I am introducing legislation to require all candidates running for school board to submit a report of state and federal criminal history record information, a certificate clarifying whether the candidate is a perpetrator in a child abuse investigation, and a full set of fingerprints. If a candidate does not obtain these clearances, they will be ineligible to run for school board.
It is time that we hold school board members to the same standards as other individuals who work with our children. Please join me in prioritizing the safety of all of our children by signing on to this proposal.

Introduced as HB533