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Local district responds to report giving schools a failing grade

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A USA Today article has given schools in Michigan a failing grade. The report gives the Great Lakes State an “F” when it comes to teacher background checks.

“I thought that the article was disappointing,” said Janet Grief, Superintendent for Bay City Public Schools.

Grief says her district has done its homework.

“I think it probably would put fear into people that we’re really not checking, you know, the people who are in front of their children.”

Patrick Tobin is part of the hiring team. He says Bay City follows the state guidelines. Tobin tells TV5 fingerprint background checks uncover any red flags at the state, and national levels.

“We get to analyze the record and any felonies or listed misdemeanors. We have to actually take board action to hire somebody, which we have never done since the inception of the law.”

Tobin believes school districts all over the state are doing much better than failing work.

“We have one goal in hiring. That’s to find the very best people to work with our students here in Bay City Schools.”

A confidence echoed by many parents that TV5 talked to.

As for Grief, she says she will do what it takes to always protect to her students.

“Student safety is the utmost importance to us. So we certainly ensure that the people, especially the teachers that are in front of our students every day, meet the qualifications that are necessary. And that they are good people to be in front of their children.”

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