Officials in Duval County, Florida are considering a measure that would let convicted felons apply for jobs within the school system.
A change in county policy could allow for convicted felons to apply for jobs within certain Florida schools, WOKV is reporting.
Duval County Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti told ActionNewsJax.com that the county's current policy is too strict and the school system is losing candidates.
His proposal is to allow only felons whose convictions are at least 10 years old to apply for jobs within the school system, including teaching jobs.
"A 10-year period also allows for clarity in that that individual who committed that felony hasn't recommitted or committed another felony," Vitti told ActionNewsJax.com.
Although felons will be permitted to apply, it doesn't necessarily mean they'll be hired.
Duval County covers Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Baldwin, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach, within those five cities there are a total of 183 schools, according to the county school board's website.
In Orange County, convicted felons are permitted to apply for jobs within the school system, provided his or her conviction is at least 25 years old, according to Orange County Public Schools Employment Services Hiring Statement, which is available here. Applicants with felony convictions more than 25 years old will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
However, Florida Statute 1012.315 prohibits certain types of felons from being considered for employment within any state school board system. Those type of felons including anyone convicted of murder or several other violent crimes, kidnapping, crimes of a sexual nature, gang activity and more. The entire list is available here.
As for misdemeanors, Orange County Public Schools will consider an applicant who was convicted of certain misdemeanors more than five years ago.
Listed under applicants Orange County officials will consider for a job within the school system on a case-by-case basis include anyone who was ever been arrested or charged with domestic violence, battery or similar charges and/or drug offenses within the past five to 10 years, according to county policy.
The grocery store chain Target recently announced that it will stop asking applicants about their criminal history, ThinkProgress.org reports. Other places that will consider felons for jobs include Apple, Walmart and McDonald's, according to Ranker.com. Check out the full list, which includes 134 businesses, here.