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Arrest Prompts Hiring Protocol Review

Item: Schools beef up hiring protocol: Accused Cd'A teacher was working under conditional certificate/Keith Cousins & Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: School officials in Coeur d'Alene are taking a hard look at teacher hiring practices, and putting some new screening steps in place, following this week's arrest of a district high school teacher accused of rape and other felony sex crimes involving a child. Daniel Taylor, 32, a science teacher at Venture High School, was arrested Monday and remained Thursday in Kootenai County jail where he is being held on a $50,000 bond. Although the alleged child victim in the case is not a student, the matter raises questions about teacher hiring practices in Coeur d'Alene and the state of Idaho

Question: Can any hiring system prevent questionable characters from snagging teacher positions?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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