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Changes to PA Legislature Leaves Many Districts Confused

In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, Pennsylvania legislators have designed new state laws that will change the way school districts conduct employment history reviews on new hires, perform background checks on employees, and train staff and volunteers on procedures for reporting alleged abuse.

“The legislation created a new section of the Public School Code titled “Employment History Review” that will dramatically change the way school districts hire new employees,” School Law Attorney Gareth Pahowka said in an article published in The Sentinel January 20, 2015. “It increases the paperwork and increases the internal tracking for any HR (human resources) person.”

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