ERIC Number: ED311545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
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Criminal Record Checks of Public School Employment Applicants.
Titus, Richard M.; DeFrances, Carol J.
This examination of preemployment screening in the American public school focuses on how legislation and other factors influence the kind of screening that is conducted, what problems schools have had to deal with in carrying out the screening, and what administrative and legislative changes may be suggested. A total of 1,122 public school administrators in 18 states responded to a survey asking what forms of preemployment screening procedures are used to identify pedophiles and others who should not be allowed to work around children. School system size was a more important determinant of screening procedures than applicable state legislation or other factors, with smaller systems relying more on employment and character references than on criminal record checks. Direct questioning of references about the applicant's criminal history, sexual deviance, or other problems is seldom used. Criminal record checks are often conducted without fingerprints. Some types of applicants may not be screened at all. Evidence of problem areas is presented, along with implications for policy and for further research. (Author/SI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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