House bill makes schools check for sex offenders

4:39 PM, Oct 22, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON  --  The House is expected to pass legislation requiring public school systems to conduct criminal background checks on teachers and other employees to make sure they haven't been convicted of sexual offenses against children or other violent crimes.

House approval was expected Tuesday.

The measure would bar schools from hiring or employing people convicted of sex crimes against minors or felonies including homicides, rape and spousal abuse. It would also prohibit people who refuse to submit to criminal background checks from working at schools.

A 2010 report by the Government Accountability Office, a congressional auditing agency, found that state laws on the subject vary, including whether background checks must look at national criminal registries or just state records.

The measure would also need approval from the Senate.

The Associated Press

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