SHOHOLA, Pa (Reuters) – A new Pennsylvania law, signed by Governor Tom Corbett in June 2011, and effective as of September 2011, requiring all employees of public, private and vocational schools to disclose their criminal history by December 27, 2011 could see some employees who have been convicted of various crimes lose their jobs.
The law, which is retroactive, bans anyone convicted of certain crimes from school district employment for anywhere from three years to life:
- Life time ban from teaching/school work for a single conviction for stalking, kidnapping, aggravated assault or other child-related crime convictions.
- 10-year ban (counting from completion of sentence) for a single conviction of a first-, second-, or third-degree felony.
- 5- year ban for a single conviction of first-degree misdemeanors.
- 3-year ban for school workers who have been convicted twice for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Additionally, school employees are required to inform administrators within 72 hours of fresh arrests or convictions. A school administrator who suspects an employee was arrested or convicted and failed to report it can require the employee to get a background check. Likewise, any worker who refuses to fill out the form must submit a current criminal history record from the state and federal government at the employee’s own expense.
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