volunteer http://wfpl.org en JCPS Committee Proposes Giving Former Drug Offenders Second Chance To Volunteer http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-committee-proposes-giving-former-drug-offenders-second-chance-volunteer <p>The Jefferson County Board of Education will consider a new policy later this month to allow some ex-offenders with drug convictions a second chance to volunteer in schools.</p><p>In JCPS, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-background-checks-block-parents-volunteering-even-years-old-offenses">hundreds of parents are rejected from volunteering</a> because the district bans anyone with a felony or drug and alcohol conviction from volunteering in supervisory roles.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:25:14 +0000 Devin Katayama 7526 at http://wfpl.org JCPS Committee Proposes Giving Former Drug Offenders Second Chance To Volunteer Jefferson County Public Schools Considers Easing Restrictions for Ex-Felon Parent Volunteers http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-public-schools-considers-easing-restrictions-ex-felon-parent-volunteers <p>Some parents with felony backgrounds who are banned from volunteering in Jefferson County Public Schools may soon be allowed the privilege.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Volunteer applicants in </span>JCPS<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> are automatically rejected from assisting schools in a supervisory role if they are convicted of, or plead guilty to, any felony—no matter how long ago it happened.</span></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 17:45:16 +0000 Devin Katayama 7363 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Public Schools Considers Easing Restrictions for Ex-Felon Parent Volunteers JCPS Background Checks Block Parents From Volunteering, Even for Years-Old Offenses http://wfpl.org/post/jcps-background-checks-block-parents-volunteering-even-years-old-offenses <p>Honey Dozier fits the profile of a parent commonly rejected by Jefferson County Public Schools. She’s white, female and has a criminal record for a past non-violent offense.&nbsp;</p><p>When she was 18—before her first child was born—she made a mistake, she says.</p><p>It was a big mistake. She stole and used other people’s credit cards—that's a felony. But that was nearly two decades ago, she says.</p><p>”What I did was wrong, clearly, but it should not keep me from going on field trips for 19 years,” she says.</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 11:45:53 +0000 Devin Katayama 6548 at http://wfpl.org JCPS Background Checks Block Parents From Volunteering, Even for Years-Old Offenses