Public school background checks in Iowa

The Iowa House has approved a bill that would require background checks on all employees of a public school district.

The proposal got a unanimous vote in the House.

It would require each district to pre-screen all job applicants to see if they are on the state sex offender registry, registries for child abuse and registries for dependent adult abuse.

Part time and substitute employees would also be included in this screening process.

Right now Iowa law only requires state and federal criminal background checks for licensed teachers and state criminal background checks for bus drivers.