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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