A number of people with histories of sexual misconduct have had little trouble getting new jobs in schools, despite a system of background checks intended to prevent exactly that, the Government Accountability Office reported yesterday. In 11 of the 15 cases federal investigators looked into, people who had previously targeted children were able to land school gigs—and in at least six of those cases, they went on to abuse more children.
Some schools simply failed to perform background checks, or spot warning signs—in one case, a school didn’t notice an applicant had answered “yes” to the question of whether he’d been convicted of “a dangerous crime against children.” But in many cases, previous schools had allowed offending teachers to quietly resign, because firing them would be expensive and could spur lawsuits. In three cases schools even gave these teachers recommendations, reports the Washington Post.
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