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Court: State can ban convicted abusers from working in schools

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Over the past few years, the Florida Legislature has enacted a growing list of restrictions on who can come onto school property. One state law bars anyone convicted of child abuse from school premises.

Recent case: Eric Carralero, who worked for AT&T, pleaded no contest to the crime of child abuse almost a decade ago. Then Florida enacted the law banning anyone convicted of child abuse—or who had pleaded nolo contendere to such charges—from being on school property. That’s when AT&T fired Carralero.

He sued the school district, claiming he had a right to come on school property and that the law was unconstitutional. The Court of Appeals of Florida dismissed his case, concluding he had no such right. (School Board of Miami-Dade v. Carralero, No. 3D08-1101, Court of Appeals of Florida, 2008)

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