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Chicago schools to check the backgrounds of thousands of employees

CHICAGO – Chicago’s school district will perform background checks on thousands of workers after a newspaper to find that students had been sexually abused by employees with a criminal record.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson says the effort is “unprecedented.” The district checks the backgrounds of new teachers, volunteers and others who work in schools, but someone who is already employed do not face the same scrutiny.

Jackson said Friday that the current employees will not return in the fall if they don’t go through a check. The Chicago Tribune reported that 13,000 employees fingerprints on the file.

Jackson says the district’s move is an important step in the direction of rebuilding of faith and trust with families. The costs can be as high as $2 million.

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