Should Teachers Pay for Background Checks?

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal to increase how much Idaho teachers pay for background checks may be dead, despite a $55,000 deficit looming in the state education department.

The House Education Committee voted 8-6 on Wednesday to hold a bill that would add an administrative fee to what teachers already pay for federal and state background checks.

Republican Rep. Steven Harris from Meridian says that the state should cover the administrative costs, not teachers. Teachers currently pay a $40 fee to cover costs to law enforcement.

The bill would have raised the fee roughly $6.

Tim Corder, special assistant to Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra, says the legislature needs to close the gap by raising the fee or giving his agency more money.

The bill had already passed in the Senate.