The mistake was reportedly discovered when a teacher at Madison High School in Vienna asked if her previous conviction for smuggling heroin was what was stalling her pending promotion.
According to the Post, all seven of the felons were honest on their job applications and disclosed the felony convictions—but, despite the fact that all potential hires go through a background search that includes checking FBI, police and child-abuse databases, the school district failed to notice.
Hiring felons to jobs in schools is against the law in Virginia.
"The hirings all occurred before 2009, when Fairfax schools switched to an online application. The new system automatically disqualifies potential employees who disclose felonies on their application," the Post reported.
New FCPS Superintendent Karen Garza told the Post, "Human error played a part in these hirings and we deeply regret this mistake."
The school district said none of the seven employees in question are still working in their positions. According to the Post, three of them left the school district voluntarily, and the other four were placed on administrative leave recently.
FCPS has a pending court case in Fairfax County asking for permission to fire Deilia Butler, the Madison High teacher who previously served 42 months in jail for smuggling heroin in the 1990s. School officials told the Post they are confident they will be allowed to fire the other three employees after the court case is resolved as well.
The crimes of other other six employees were not disclosed in the report, but Garza told the Post that none of them involved crimes against children.
Read the full story on the Washington Post here.
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