Illinois to screen new school hires more rigorously

08/13/2004 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Yesterday, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a new law into effect immediately which subjects applicants for school jobs to more stringent background checks, including fingerprinting. Until the new law was enacted, Illinois had been one of only three states in the country that did not require fingerprinting for newly hired or licensed teachers.

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