Criminal History Screening and Monitoring of Public School Contracted Employees - 313-0640-20

Description of Agency

State law mandates that the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), by authority of the State Board of Education, require each local school board, each public school academy board, each intermediate school district board, and the officers of each of those boards to observe the laws related to schools.

Section 380.1230a of the Michigan Compiled Laws:

  • Requires the board of a school district or intermediate school district or the governing body of a public school academy or nonpublic school to require individuals assigned to regularly and continuously work under contract in its schools to submit fingerprints to the Michigan Department of State Police for the performance of a criminal records check through the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the purposes of employment screening and monitoring of criminal conviction activity while working under contract in a school and precludes individuals with certain criminal convictions from working regularly and continuously under contract in schools.

  • Defines regularly and continuously working under contract to mean: Working at a school on a more than an intermittent or sporadic basis as an owner or employee of an entity that has a contract with a school district, intermediate school district, public school academy, or nonpublic school to provide food, custodial, transportation, counseling, or administrative services, or to provide instructional services to pupils or related and auxiliary services to special education pupils.

There are an undeterminable number of contracted employees working in Michigan’s public schools and not all public schools utilize contracted employees. As a part of our preliminary procedures, we sampled 20 public schools that were representative of Michigan’s Statewide population of nearly 900 public schools and determined that during the period of October 2015 through February 2020:

  • 17 (85%) selected schools had approximately 2,600 contracted employees.

  • 3 (15%) selected schools had no contracted employees.


Audit Objective

To assess the effectiveness of MDE’s efforts to ensure that public school contracted employees are fingerprinted and monitored for criminal convictions.

Timing

Estimated Release Date: Early 2021


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