As more companies are using drug testing, back ground/credit checks, and psyche evals as a tool in which to ensure employee integrity- wouldn't it also be appropriate for those to whom we entrust our children? I'm in favor of it. With consideration to the more "infamous" teachers of the area-perhaps the use of these tools could have identified potential problems before full manifestation.
parentzkare-the parent is at fault. If that incident actually happened-the parent should have immediately notified the police and filed charges. Police involvement would have provided documentation of suspected drug use. By taking no action-the parent was condoning the behavior and placing his/her child in jepordy. Now that it's over- it's just one word against another...and no one will beleive the parent over the teacher.16279
Back-round checks is a YES it should be as a FBI check and nothing less. My daughter had to wait months for a back-round check plus drug tests just to volunteer at a county animal shelter. That is where I would not mind if the Federal Gov't mandated that.16280
Credit check, no it really has no influence on the teachers interaction with children or their ability to teach. Drug testing and background checks, I vote yes. I think ALL schools public and private should do background checks and random drug testing for teachers and volunteers. I volunteer twice a week at a private school and have to have a background check every two years but no drug test. I would not mind a drug test at all, even if I had to chip in on the cost. If it keeps kids safe and helps give adults another reason not to do drugs or whatever, it may help all concerned.16281
drug testing yes as most all our schools has a drug free club, no smoking ect. I do not believe a credit check is anyone's business unless running for public office of some kind. Psych. eval's once every three years or unless needed. Otherwise the cost would take away from the students as well as the teachers.16282
parentzkare, if the principal is part of the problem/not addressing the issue, then you go to the "principal's boss" who would be the School District Superintendent. You could also copy your elected School Board members, who, in essence, are the "superintendent's boss." If all of those avenues fail, you can bring your case to the attention of local media, because the last thing any district or elected officials want is negative publicity. (But follow the "chain of command" first, and give them an opportunity to resolve the matter.)16283
Well, I am shocked that school faculty, teachers and volunteers are not under any state law to undergo random drug testing and/or psych evaluations because it is imperative that our children are guided, mentored and taught by individuals who do not suffer from said diseases! Last year a teacher at our elementary school became violent and assaulted a parent in front of students and during school hours, and although the school principal and faculty had knowledge of this teacher under the influence of acid and also suffering from some mental depression or some sort, it was never reported and not one teacher, administrator or principal took the responsibility to remove this individual from the classroom resulting in a moderate incident which could have been fatal! Parents asked questions directly to the school and district however the teachers were under strict orders from principal not to speak of said incident and all our attempts to communicate and get some answers went ignored. Now, issues of this sort... PTO does not want to be involved, principal is part of the problem, teachers fear the principal and when complaints go to the teacher's union, the teachers do not unite and support one another because of retaliation and parents do not know who to turn to where they can unite and discuss the school procedures, policies and legal rights of our children as well as us parents. Any advice? 16284
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