The chairman of the Illinois
House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee said he will work to pass a law requiring criminal background checks for student teachers in Illinois.
Representative Mike Smith
(D-Pekin) said he was shocked when he was told by WGN
Radio that there is no requirement.
"It's caught a lot of people by surprise," he said, "and it's unfortunate it takes an incident like what occurred in Quincy to bring it to our attention."
A student teacher in Quincy was arrested this week and charged with sexually assaulting a teenager. Darrold Frisbie is also charged with giving pain medication to juveniles.
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Many universities conduct checks on their students before sending them out to student teach and many school districts, Chicago Public Schools
among them, require the checks before they hire a student teacher, but there is no law requiring it.
Frisbie's school, Quincy University, said it does conduct background checks and Frisbie passed his.
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