Because we recognize the disparate impact of the criminal justice system on marginalized communities, Relay does not request nor consider information about prior convictions when reviewing applications. However, prior convictions may impact a candidate's eligibility to become a teacher due to state and local regulations. As such, all candidates should be aware of the following:
- All potential teachers will need to pass a background check to be eligible to teach in a classroom.
- Both state laws/policies and school/school network policies may impact a candidate's eligibility to teach with a prior conviction; Relay has no control over states’ or schools’ decisions on this matter.
- A resident teaching position is an eligibility requirement for enrollment in the Relay Teaching Residency.
- It is each candidate’s responsibility to consider how a background check might impact their teaching eligibility and all are encouraged to consult legal counsel if they are unsure.