DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Dougherty County School officials said they work hard to make sure the teachers they hire don't have past problems.
An investigation by USA Today uncovered a broken system to track teachers accused of misconduct.
The investigation found that many states fail to report those teachers to the privately run database that tracks them, which means that many problem teachers simply move to another state to find another teaching job.
The Human Resources Director Sheila Chatmon with Dougherty County Schools said that the applicants must be certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and must pass a detailed criminal background check.
"Our principals are also trained and they also know that they have to inquire about a person's references. We do whatever it takes, whatever precautionary measures that we have to take in order to ensure that our students are safe," said Chatmon.
The USA Today investigation found that more than 9,000 educators disciplined by state officials are missing from the database maintained by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.