Ask Joe: Background checks causing delay in teacher hiring?

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Updated: 7/30 7:34 pm
Question:

From the Ask Joe file, one of our viewers has a question about a possible backlog when it comes to getting teachers hired in Washoe County.

Rick wrote in asking why it takes six to seven weeks for the Nevada Department of Education to get teachers licensed?

Rick said he knows teachers who have been hired, but cannot teach in the classroom until they have a Nevada License. He wants to know why there is a delay?

Answer:

Joe checked with Judy Osgood at the Nevada Department of Education. She said the process does take some time when it comes to getting teachers cleared to go in the classroom.

It takes two to three weeks to get a background check through the FBI. Once the background check is done, it typically takes the state another seven to ten days to process the application.

This is all part of the licensing process, so it can be a total of five weeks, in some cases.

Osgood said they have developed a system where if a teacher has a conditional job offer, and is waiting to be hired, the Department of Education can give those cases priority attention to speed up the process.

Osgood said this is something they have been working on in order to eliminate any unnecessary delays.
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likewho - 7/30/2014 6:13 PM
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i would rather see delays in hiring a teacher than having one one not qualified to teach our children.
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