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Employees fired because their names wrongly appeared on lists of school workers who are sex offenders could get their jobs back now that a judge has halted release of the information.
U.S. District Judge Paul Gadola issued a temporary restraining order in a ruling late Tuesday. The order calls for the lists to be recalled.
Earlier this month, school districts began receiving lists of employees with criminal backgrounds, part of new laws that went into effect Jan. 1 aimed at ridding schools of sex offenders. The laws require all school employees to be fingerprinted and have their backgrounds checked. Districts must immediately fire any employee convicted of a sex crime.
There has been widespread concern about inaccurate information since the lists went out to districts.
Gadola granted the request of the Michigan Federation of Teachers, a state union that represents school employees.
"Our goal was to ensure that when the state sends out a list to the districts that the list is accurate," said Beth Thoreson, spokeswoman for the union. Districts are now awaiting guidance from the Department of Education on recalling those who have been wrongly fired.
It was unclear Wednesday how the lists would be recalled. Martin
Ackley, spokesman for the Michigan Department of Education, said
in an e-mail late Wednesday that the department is notifying school
districts that it is recalling all copies. Districts will have to
return the lists to the department.
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