Background Checks for School Employees Find Felons

12:27 PM, May 13, 2006   |    comments
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LANSING - A statewide criminal background check found that 66 teachers and 399 other school employees were felons. The report found eleven more, including three teachers, with sex-related convictions. Those eleven are expected to be fired immediately under new laws. More than a dozen new laws passed last year are intended to better protect children from felons, particularly sex offenders. The laws ban registered sex offenders from living, working or loitering within a thousand feet of a school. They require schools and day care centers to take fingerprints and do background checks on all their employees. The state education department has been notifying districts of their employees with criminal convictions.

Associated Press

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