Earlier this week, the House of Representatives in Connecticut passed a bill that would require all school boards to perform background checks on job applicants in five days. According to CTnews.com, the new standards would replace the current 30 day period for background checks.

 

The article states that these changes are partially in response to reports about charter schools hiring felons, as well as an affair between a former teacher and a student at Stamford high school. A member of the Education Committee in the House, Rep. Gail Lavielle, stated “This bill does not increase the number of background checks, it does ensure that school employees submit to the background checks as early in the process as possible.”

 

The bill was approved 139-0 and is now headed to the state Senate.