Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn
The New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) Public Schools district has claimed that the operator of a charter school allegedly rehired an employee who previously failed a background check months after an investigation of the same school supposedly found forged employee background checks, according to a report from The Lens.
“In March, the district cracked down on the school after discovering falsified background checks – or none at all – for some employees, including one that state law prohibited from being employed at a school due to a past conviction or no-contest plea,” The Lens reported, adding the operator’s CEO and CFO have since resigned.
In October 2021, the district sent a warning letter to the school for “improper employment” – the second notice of non-compliance the district has issued the school for employing the unidentified employee – requesting that the disqualified individual be terminated and the school has apparently fired the individual, The Lens reported.
In April 2021, ESR News reported that an investigation by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) detailed allegations that the charter school’s former CFO may have played a role in fabricating the background checks, including her own background check that indicated she did not have a criminal record when she actually did.
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