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Disqualified teachers on Texas 'do not hire' registry

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DENISON, Texas -- Texas public school districts have a new tool when hiring teachers.

The Texas Education Agency has unveiled its 'do not hire' registry, part of the school finance reform bill.

The registry indicates if an applicant is eligible for hire or if they're under investigation for any type of misconduct or criminal history. If they are, by law, the district cannot hire them.

"We are only as good in our school districts as those that we have in our classrooms and those that are working with our children on a daily basis," said Denison Independent School District Assistant Superintendent David Kirkbride. "Our children are precious to us, and we want to make sure that the people that we're exposing them to, that are working with them on a daily basis, are good people."

Before establishment of the registry, there was no central database to investigate job applicants, so schools most often were left to conduct their own reviews.

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