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Background checks no longer free for school districts

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State budget cuts have led school districts to scramble to decide how to pay for mandatory criminal background checks for volunteers.
From field trip chaperones and athletic and band boosters to reading mentors, schools rely on volunteers daily.
The Administrative Office of the Courts has covered the $10 cost per background check for nearly 20 years at the state public and private schools, including processing nearly 217,000 criminal record reports statewide in 2011.
However, AOC will no longer pay for the check after its budget has been slashed by the state.


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