Friday, 20 April 2018 10:56

State legislature closing impacting bill for background checks on pre-K teachers Featured

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AUGUSTA - The legislative deadlock is impacting people across the state.

More than 100 proposed bills stalled because of the decision by lawmakers to bang the hammer on this session of the legislature.


Among those is a proposal requiring fingerprinting as part of background checks for people applying to work in pre-K schools.


Tara Williams from the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children, said "This is critical for health and safety. This is very important. We're talking about our youngest and most vulnerable children. Our K to 12 peers in public schools already have this requirement, so we're looking for this to be part of the background check requirements for teachers of young children.


At this point, the fate of this bill is up in the air.