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Charlotte-Meck to run criminal checks on current employees

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After a teacher was caught using heroin in an elementary school classroom, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools decided it needed to do more than check newly hired employees for criminal records.

Superintendent Peter Gorman told the Charlotte Observer he is requiring the district’s 23,000 employees to sign forms agreeing to regular criminal-record checks. Employees who refuse to fill out the forms may be fired.

Gorman said the district will check statewide databases daily to search for arrest and convictions. The program will cost the district about $96,000 the first year.

Final note:
If you decide on a similar program, check with your attorneys first. They can draw up the proper consent forms and assure you that your program complies with state and federal laws.

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