“Newton Public Schools will expand the background checks it performs on all new hires by checking the Sex Offender Registry Information system (SORI), a nationwide database of sex crime convictions. The move comes after the arrests of two city employees, including a second grade teacher, on child pornography charges earlier this year.
The two cases caused many local parents to call for tougher hiring processes.
City officials maintain they conducted thorough background checks on the two men. Since neither Ettlinger nor Buchanan had criminal records, the tighter procedures being adopted would not have flagged their applications.
Both the city and the Newton Public Schools currently CORIs all new hires and current employees, volunteers, interns, seasonal employees, subcontractors and constables.”
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