2000-06-14 / Letters to the Editor
Pass Bill Requiring Fingerprinting Of School Employees Editor,
The New York State Legislature is about to end its 1999-2000 Legislative Session, and I am writing to express my concern that the legislation which mandates fingerprinting and background checks for prospective school employees has not been passed. Assembly bill A.4229-b and Senate bill S.1031-e have wide support, and passing these bills before the session ends should be a priority for our legislators. These bills deal comprehensively with the issue of child abuse in an educational setting, and would ensure that our school officials have the tools they need in hiring. Right now most school districts in this state are powerless to weed out prospective employees who have sexually abused children, used illegal drugs, or stolen public funds.