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: Appointments No Longer Needed At NYC's COVID Vaccination Sites; Anyone 16+ May Walk In, Mayor De Blasio Announces
“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: Long Island Boy Who Is Visually Impaired Receives Toddler Cane From Local Nonprofit
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