WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal lawmakers want to prevent schools from employing convicted sex offenders, kidnappers, murderers, pornographers, spouse beaters and rapists.
It’s such an obviously good idea that Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House agree on it, and passed legislation by a simple voice vote to make it the law.
But there’s one group who thinks this is a bad idea: leaders of our nation’s teachers unions.
“The bill has run into objections from major teachers’ unions like the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. In letters to lawmakers, their criticisms included concerns that the measure might jeopardize workers’ protections under union contracts,” the Associated Press reports.
In other words, the teachers unions are more concerned with the contractual “protections” afforded murderers and rapists than protecting students from these vile monsters. The NEA is also reportedly concerned that because minorities make up a disproportionately high percentage of criminals, they’d be disproportionately impacted by the bill.
The House-approved legislation would ensure “every school employee, from the cafeteria workers to the administrators, to janitors to the teachers, principals and librarians, that every one (including school contractors)” is screened through the FBI fingerprint identification system and the national sex offender registry, Rep. Todd Rokita, R-Ind., told the AP.
“The bill would forbid public schools to employ people convicted of crimes against children including pornography, or of felonies including murder, rape, spousal abuse or kidnapping. It would bar school districts and state education agencies from transferring workers who have engaged in sexual misconduct with minors to another location,” the news service reports.
The legislation includes an appeal process for school employees, but they would be prevented from continuing work during an appeal.
Isn’t this all just common sense? How could anyone oppose such legislation? And what does it say about union leaders who are opposed?