Green, Diegnan seek more time for school directors’ background check compliance

TRENTON – In light of the number of school officials leaving because of noncompliance with background check laws, two lawmakers have asked the state to provide more time for compliance.

Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Jerry Green, (D-22), Plainfield and Assembly Education Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., (D-18), South Plainfield, sent a letter today to acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf asking the state to extend the deadline for compliance with the new criminal background check law for school board members.

“While we firmly stand behind this law and its intention, we are concerned about reports regarding the implementation of the law,” Green and Diegnan state in the letter.

“It appears that some board members who have not yet complied were unaware of the requirements and the deadlines for compliance. Additionally, some were unable to comply based on the backlogs for fingerprinting.”

They say in the letter that the purpose of the law is to protect children from board of education members with a criminal history, not remove people because they did not comply in a timely manner.

The state announced that 184 people had to step down statewide as a result of the background check noncompliance.

Green, Diegnan seek more time for school directors’ background check compliance