What are the Plaintiffs asking for?

The Plaintiffs are asking for changes in Des Moines Public Schools' criminal background check policies to ensure that African Americans with criminal convictions are only being excluded for job-related reasons that are necessary. They want Des Moines Public Schools to consider efforts that African Americans, and applicants of all races, have made to rehabilitate themselves after the date of their last criminal conviction when Des Moines Public Schools is deciding whether an applicant has passed or failed a criminal background check. The plaintiffs also want Des Moines Public Schools to pay the Class Members for any damages they suffered because of Des Moines Public Schools' background checks.

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