2 districts stalling on fingerprint discoveries
Eva Ruth Moravec: Express-News
The two largest school districts in Bexar County are stalling in making public the full results of new fingerprint checks of their employees even as another school district's records show hundreds of employees have been charged with criminal offenses in the past.
Northside, North East and San Antonio independent school districts have completed fingerprinting 16,000 employees under a new law that beefs up background screening to keep children safe.
Only San Antonio has released the number and type of offenses.
Some of the offenses are ones the district is discovering for the first time; others the district knew about from previous, less-extensive background checks done when employees were first hired.
“For example, a charge for possession of marijuana while in college probably doesn't matter today, and a DWI charge, if you're a teacher and were not driving a district vehicle would be OK,” she said.
• Read the list of various offenses.
“I'm reviewing if there is responsive information that we can release,” Rodriguez said.
“SAISD is creating documents that they're not required to create,” Villarreal said. “We did not do that and we're not planning on doing that.”