Massachusetts: Sunshine Week - Teacher misconduct can escape detection

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    Sunshine Week: Teacher misconduct can escape detection

    Criminal background checks for teachers are intended to prevent adults who are sexually motivated to abuse children from gaining access to students, but lawmakers and child advocates say the checks alone are not effective, and more needs to be done to keep kids safe. “Sometimes people feel that if an individual passes the fingerprint test (and) the CORI check, that they’re fine,” said Jetta Bernier, who serves as executive director for the advocacy group Massachusetts Citizens for Children. “The problem is that the vast majority of those who abuse children have never been arrested or convicted.” In recent years, a ...

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