Protect Kids from Teachers Convicted of Crimes in Other States

Target: James B. Comey, Director FBI

Goal: Create national database of teachers convicted of crimes involving their students.

Background checks on teachers currently only work if the teacher stays in one state for their entire career. A USA Today Network investigation has shown that in a one-year period, hundreds of teachers across the country were reprimanded or disciplined but were still able to get education jobs by crossing state lines.

The only system presently available to check educational employee backgrounds on a national level is privately run and not regulated at a national level. Each state has its own standards of what gets entered into the database and when. Our children deserve better. They must feel safe in their schools and with their educational team.

Demand that a nationally regulated database is created to track educator misconduct and prevent teachers who harm students from obtaining jobs in other states.


Dear Director Comey,

Students across America are currently at risk of abuse by teachers who’ve already been convicted of similar crimes. A nationally mandated database to track educators who harm their students does not exist, so educators convicted in one state are able to move to another and obtain jobs working with students. Background checks are run, but because the current system is run on a state-by-state basis, teachers are able to move and escape notice.

A recent study shows that hundreds of teachers across the country were disciplined for misconduct in a one-year period, however many of those educators were able to obtain education jobs by moving to another state. We demand that a national database is created to track educators convicted of misconduct and prevent them from obtaining jobs in other states.


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