Bridgeport officials discuss 'Fast Pass' program

The Bridgeport Board of Education met Tuesday evening to discuss a controversial plan that would require visitors to complete a background check in order to enter city schools. The meeting was held

News 12 Staff

Oct 15, 2014, 6:51 AM

Updated 3,541 days ago

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The Bridgeport Board of Education met Tuesday evening to discuss a controversial plan that would require visitors to complete a background check in order to enter city schools.
The meeting was held at Aquaculture School. District leaders say the Fast Pass program would keep registered sex offenders and other criminals out of schools.
After a parent or visitor swipes their ID, Fast Pass performs an instant background check, searching state criminal records to determine if that visitor gets the all-clear to enter the school.
District leaders want to use Fairchild Wheeler School as a test pilot for the program. They have received a federal grant to foot the bill.
Critics say parents could be discouraged from being active at their child's school particularly if they have a criminal record or are undocumented residents.
Bridgeport officials say other school districts in Connecticut have the system, as do colleges and hospitals nationwide.
A vote on the program will likely be held at a later date.


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