Naming Teachers With Criminal Backgrounds Is Debated

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some Republican lawmakers are joining calls for the state Department of Education to not immediately release the names of school workers with criminal convictions.

GOP state senators have heard from school superintendents or others who say some teachers and others are wrongly included on the list.

They say a report matching criminal history information with more than 200-thousand school employees should not be made public until the information is accurate.

The state says the search of a criminal database resulted in some "false positives" due to stolen Social Security numbers or matches involving common names.

The 160-thousand-member Michigan Education Association has won a court order temporarily barring the release of names to the media.

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