Massachusetts teachers will now have to pass background checks that include fingerprinting. Credit: Getty
Massachusetts teachers and other school employees will be required to have their fingerprints taken this year following a court ruling.
Massachusetts is the last state to adopt fingerprinting of school employees to screen for past criminal activity, state officials told the Boston Globe.
Officially referred to as the State Automated Fingerprint Identification System, all prints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, while local districts will still conduct checks through the CORI system.
But the new rules aren't without detractors. Staff members must pay the processing fee, which comes to $55 for licensed educators and $35 for other school workers, like bus drivers and administrative staff.
Brian Ballou, a spokesman for Boston public schools, told the Globe that his school district is not among those currently utilizing the new fingerprinting system, but that talks are ongoing with union leaders about implementing the system into its protocol for hiring school employees.