350 NJ School Board Members Must Resign for Failing to Do Background Checks

They did not meet a Dec. 31 deadline.

Friday, Jan 6, 2012  |  Updated 6:52 AM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Hundreds of school board members throughout New Jersey must step down because they did not complete background checks as required by Dec. 31, according to a report.  News4's Pat Battle reports.

NBC New York

Hundreds of school board members throughout New Jersey must step down because they did not complete background checks as required by Dec. 31, according to a report. News4's Pat Battle reports.

advertisement

Hundreds of school board members throughout New Jersey must step down because they did not complete background checks as required by Dec. 31, according to a report.

The deadline was imposed by a new law last year. Officials who did not complete the background checks in time and refuse to resign also could face criminal charges, the Star-Ledger reported.

Out of the state's 5,300 school board members, 354 did not submit the criminal checks. That includes 165 charter school members and 189 non-charter school members, the paper said.

Three board members did the checks but were fired because of their criminal histories.

Board members received letters over the summer, and were sent follow-up notices again last month reminding them of the law and deadline.

"If you don't complete the background check, and you try to stick around, you risk going to jail," Assemblyman Jerry Green told the Star-Ledger.

Officials who go to school board meetings and try to vote could even be arrested, Green told the paper.

Department of Education spokesman Richard Vespucci said all affected board members will be notified by the end of the week. The state will also release the names of those people.

Green initiated the legislation last year to stop elected officials with possible criminal histories from becoming school board members.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Follow us on Instagram!
We post photos taken by our news... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out