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.

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“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.”

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports: Elected and Appointment School Board Members Required To Have Background Checks

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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.

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