Hoosier schools to check backgrounds more closely

Schools in Northwest Indiana and across the state will be digging a little deeper into the backgrounds of potential employees and volunteers as a result of a new state law.

Legislators began discussing creating such a law last year after several high-profile molestation incidents at schools across the state.

State lawmakers put together a study committee that looked at requiring all adults who work, volunteer or coach in any Indiana public, charter and private schools that accept state dollars to undergo criminal and child abuse background checks.

Authored by Rep. Jeffrey Thompson, R-Lizton, House Enrolled Act 1079 requires school leaders to check the criminal history within 30 days of any applicant who has contact with children.

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