Newton schools expand background checks
Sex offender list to weed out new hires
In response to the separate arrests this past winter of two city employees, including a teacher, on child pornography charges, Newton will expand its background checks of all new hires, school Superintendent David Fleishman announced. The city will start checking new employees against the Sex Offender Registry Information system to ensure that potential workers haven’t been convicted of sex crimes in other states. Newton officials will also back legislation giving Massachusetts employers access to a national FBI criminal fingerprint database.