Starting July 18, some 45,000 Arizona teachers and administrators will have to submit their fingerprints for criminal checks before renewing their state certificates.

"This new law will create a safer environment for children," said Craig Emanuel, chief investigator for the state Board of Education's certification division. "I've surveyed all 50 states, and few have such a tough requirement."

The new law requires anyone who applies for a new certificate or who is

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