Proposal To Question NC Teachers More Thoroughly

North Carolina school leaders want a new license application to help keep bad teachers out of the classroom.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that officials plan to keep secret the answers to the new questions.

Officials want to ask teacher candidates to report criminal charges, child abuse allegations, past professional discipline and dishonorable discharges from the military. Candidates also would require fingerprints for a criminal record check.

Current applications are public and ask about crimes or having a license removed. But they don't ask about other misconduct that might have forced a teacher out of a job.

State Board of Education attorney Katie Cornetto says making the additional information public would violate the state's personnel law.


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  • by David Cox Location: Asheboro NC on Apr 23, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    In NC I was denied a teachers license for a dwi. In reality what does this have to do with me teaching? After appearing before the ethics committee (which is a complete joke), they denied my licensure. This was on my record from 6 years ago. However, I know a guy who was looking at porn on his computer at work (school principal) and he was met with police to bar him from entering his office and immediately fired. However today, he is an assistant principal an athletic director at a high school. Now how can he have a job, when he did this on school grounds and on school time and mine happened 6 years ago before even applying for a teacher! Also the ethics committee punishes you for being honest, yet they allow those to teach who go on an commit criminal acts in the classroom. Yeah, the ethics committee and dpi judges people on their honesty yet allows criminals in the classroom. NC is so narrowminded and yet we put judgements of character in the hands of dumbass yahoos!
  • by voter Location: nc on Apr 16, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    maybe things are looking up. only last week hillary determined that iran having nuclear weapons would be a danger to the world, and made an announcement to that effect. that's one sharp lady. and now,,teachers should not only be qualified, but should not be criminals or deviates to boot? that's very insightful. what's next,,,trying to make prisons a deterrent to crime? banning medicaid viagra to child molesters? drug testing for welfare recipients? the liberals will have heart attacks if common sense were to prevail.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 at 05:42 PM
    You mean the State does not do this already now? You have to be kidding. Many States have been doing this. Back Woods.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Apr 16, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    I don't know how much of all this will cost, but if isn't too expensive it really should apply to all school employees. Might also be a way to "thin the herd" during these hard budgetary times.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    Are they going to do the same for all school employes? Administration, bus drivers, food workers, grounds workers, janitors, and anyone else that has contact with the children to make sure they are in good standing and not a danger to the children. What about school board members? They need to take a test to make sure they are smart enough to budget tax payer money.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2010 at 01:35 PM
    I think all teachers should be old and ugly and believe in the old testiment.The old an ugly part will stop teeny boppers from wanting to have sex with their teacher and the Old testiment is all good morals.To bad though the old will dye out and we are stuck where we are at again.Bring back the Old Testiment.Things will change.(not Obamas change)
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 16, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    I am a Christian but you people need to lay off with the "prayer in classrooms" issue. We don't have prayer in the workplace, and school is pretty much like a work environment for kids, so why get upset about the schools when nobody says anything about work environments? I'd rather my kid spend more time learning than praying. Taking God out of school didn't ruin America. People taking God out of their Sunday's is cause for concern.
  • by Testing Coordinator on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM
    To Mary: Don’t be so hard on the “smart” person who called the Praxis a competency test because DPI has slipped one past you. There is no 10th Grade Competency test anymore. It was eliminated July 1, 2009 so you can graduate from high school without it. To graduate now, a student must score proficient on the end-of-course test in Algebra I, English I, Biology, Civics and Economics, and US History.
  • by jd Location: winterville on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:27 AM
    Yes, it is not legal to deny a student from an education. HOWEVER, what about the discipline problems that cause other student to be deprived of theirs? Can't do do the college/vocational route as that would be tracking - not allowed. It was just a statement that it would be nice if there was a test to keep bad students out - a joke since it can't happen.
  • by woo on Apr 16, 2010 at 11:14 AM
    how about this...if you've been found guilty of child neglect or abuse and your child has been permanently removed from your custody, you also have to be sterilized and you don't get welfare to sit on your butt and be a baby factory and whatever gov't assistance you do get, you have to work for.
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