More than 350 local school board members in New Jersey face losing their jobs or even going to jail for not completing a criminal background check required under a new law.

Board members were required to complete the background check by Dec. 31.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that 165 charter school board officials and 189 non-charter school board members failed to submit the background check.

Under legislation passed last year, they are required to resign their positions immediately and could be charged with a fourth-degree crime if they refuse to step down.

The state Department of Education could release the names of the board members by the end of the week.

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