Report gives New Mexico an “F” for teacher background checks

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico is failing when it comes to teacher background checks according to USA Today.

The new report uses three ways to grade a state.

The first is how well the state checks a teacher out before giving them a license. The second whether the state shares teacher misconduct publicly.

The third was whether it’s required to report that misconduct to the state. New Mexico scored well in that, but when it came to public information on misconduct and sharing with other states New Mexico failed.

The study says the state could improve on background checks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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