2014-15 Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance

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October 16, 2014     

TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:

Subject: 2014-15 Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance

The Texas Education Code (TEC) requires superintendents of districts and chief operating officers of open-enrollment charter schools to certify annually that the district or charter school has complied with TEC, Section 22.085, relating to the employment of individuals convicted of certain offenses. Chapter 22, Subchapter C, of the TEC requires school districts and charter schools to ensure that certain individuals are fingerprinted to undergo a national criminal history records review and that other individuals undergo a name-based criminal history record information review. Please complete, sign, notarize, and return the attached form to TEA by November 21, 2014.  

If an educator knows or should have known, through a criminal history record information review, that an employee or applicant has been convicted of certain offenses, as set forth in TEC Section 22.085(a), and the educator retains the employee or hires the applicant, the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) may impose a sanction on the educator.

Sanctions for Noncompliance
Districts and charter schools that fail to certify and return the attached form may be subject to:
1.    Inclusion in a public notice that lists all districts and open-enrollment charter schools who have failed to certify compliance with fingerprinting and background check requirements; and
2.    An investigation of the superintendent or chief operating officer who has violated TEC 11.201(d)(13) or TAC 249.15 by failing to complete the certification as required.

Attached to this letter, please find the form referenced above that needs to be returned to TEA by November 21, 2014.    

Please submit your completed Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance via mail or email to:

    Texas Education Agency
    Jeannie Tomasek, Educator Leadership and Quality
    1701 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 5-100
    Austin, Texas 78701

If you have any questions regarding this letter please contact Jeannie Tomasek, Fingerprinting Manager, at jeannie.tomasek@tea.texas.gov or (512) 463-5415.


Sincerely,

Ryan Franklin
Interim Associate Commissioner
Educator Leadership and Quality

2014-15 Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance Form