CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After an NBC Charlotte investigation into teachers behaving badly and still being allowed in the classroom, now the state is pushing to make criminal background checks a requirement.
As it stands now, it's up to local school boards to decide if they want to do a criminal background check-- that would change if this legislation goes through, which would make it required.
It is a story we've been on for months: teachers in charlotte classrooms with questionable backgrounds.
NBC Charlotte first sat down with Katie Cornetto, the attorney for the state school board, in February when she said state education leaders have been pushing for more help investigating teacher misconduct since 2010 when a task force revealed there just wasn't enough staff. State education leaders also requested legislation allowing the state to do fingerprint background checks on potential teachers.
“As a parent and a taxpayer, [I] get a pit in my stomach when I think there might be anyone who would be in a classroom hurting kids, and I’ll do whatever it takes to make sure we can improve upon our system."
At least some legislators agree; a senate committee Thursday voted for legislation that would require criminal background checks before a teacher can get a license in North Carolina.
This is just the beginning, however, the bill still has to go through a lot of hoops before it potentially becomes law.