October 19, 2015
TO THE ADMINISTRATOR ADDRESSED:
Subject: 2015-16 Annual Fingerprinting Certification
and Statement of Compliance
of this letter is to remind districts and charters of the statutory
requirements for fingerprinting and criminal history reviews. Chapter 22,
Subchapter C, of the Texas Education Code (TEC) requires school districts and
charter schools to ensure that certain individuals are fingerprinted to undergo
a statutorily-required national criminal history records review and that other
individuals undergo a name-based criminal history record information review. In
addition, superintendents of districts and chief operating officers of
open-enrollment charter schools are required to certify annually that the
district or charter school has complied with TEC §22.085. Please complete,
sign, notarize, and return the attached form to TEA by November 20, 2015.
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 §22.085(a), and the educator retains the employee
or hires the applicant, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) may
impose a sanction on the educator.
Districts and charter schools
that fail to certify and return the attached form may be subject to:
in a public notice that lists all districts and open-enrollment charter
schools that have not certified compliance with fingerprinting and
background check requirements; and
investigation of the superintendent or chief operating officer who has
violated TEC §11.201(d)(13) or 19 TAC §249.15 by failing to complete the
certification as required.
Please submit your completed Annual Fingerprinting Certification and Statement of Compliance via email to Jeannie
Tomasek at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 20, 2015.
If you have
any questions regarding this letter please contact Jeannie Tomasek, Fingerprinting
Manager at (512) 463-5415.
Educator Leadership and Quality