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Fingerprinting

The New York State Education Department created the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA) within the Office of Teaching Initiatives to implement The Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Legislation (Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000).

The SAVE legislation requires the Commissioner of Education to conduct fingerprint supported criminal history background checks for all school personnel, including applicants for certification, in addition to all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES).

Information on each of these functions may be found by clicking the following links: