NEWARK, NJ (WCBS 880) — Criminal background checks for school board members is now the law in New Jersey.
The law is another layer of protection for children.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Bronx Residents Can Begin Scheduling Appointments For Johnson & Johnson Shots
“Newly elected and appointed school board members have to undergo background checks which means they would have to go a regional center, be fingerprinted,” said Frank Belushio with New Jersey’s School Boards Association. “They’re certain disqualifying offenses and they primarily are in the area of child endangerment.”
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Other disqualifying offenses are drug convictions, robbery, burglary, bias, terroristic threats and aggravated assault.
Board members are waiting for the state to draw up guidelines. They’ll have to pay the $85 unless districts opt to cover the fee.MORE NEWS: Wife Of Top Cuomo Aide Shows Support On Social Media For Governor's Latest Sexual Harassment Accuser
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