PORTLAND, Maine — Maine officials say the release of a new online database that shows whether a school employee passed a criminal background check has been delayed.

The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2eHFvtf ) the system was scheduled to launch July 1. Now, officials say the system will not be fully functional until mid-October.

All public school employees must have proper credentials for their job, including a criminal background check. However, the newspaper reports the old paper-based system prevented the state from comparing the list of all school employees with a list of all people with credentials.

Certification official Angel Laredo says the new system will allow anyone to be able to check the credentials of a school employee.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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