Sexual abuse of students by school employees is grabbing headlines nationwide, as the media microscope begins to shift its focus from priestly pedophilia to errant educators.

Education Week, one of the nation's most authoritative publications on educational matters, recently ran a two-part series on the issue, noting that many experts view sexual misconduct by educators not as an "aberration," but as a "pervasive problem demanding policy makers' attention."

Because online background checks are easy to get and relatively inexpensive—prices vary from as low as $15 for a local check to as much as $45 or more for screening

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