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2/27/2012 9:56:00 PM
Bills on teacher profanity, book approval OK'd
By MICHELLE L. PRICE
The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Arizona teachers may find themselves under greater scrutiny if the Legislature continues to advance bills barring educators from partisan instruction, using unapproved course materials or using language in the classroom that violates Federal Communication Commission standards.

The full Senate gave preliminary approval to three such bills Monday afternoon.

Republican Sen. Lori Klein of Anthem sponsored the proposals and said they're part of an effort to increase transparency and make sure teachers are not having an inappropriate influence on children.

Critics have said the bills are unnecessary, heavy-handed and could place unfair burdens on teachers.

One bill would punish public school teachers if they use words that violate the obscenity and profanity guidelines set forth by the FCC.

Klein said she introduced the measure because a parent in her district complained about a high school teacher using foul language.

Another proposal aims to keep teachers from imposing political or partisan views on their students. The bill would prohibit teachers from encouraging students to promote or adopt a partisan viewpoint. Violators could lose their teaching license.

The bill also says any administrator who does not work to prevent partisan views in the classroom could lose their professional certification.

Klein and other supporters of the measure have said a law is needed to ensure teachers are behaving ethically and students are able to form their own opinions.

A third bill requires teachers to get all books and materials used in the classroom pre-approved by the school district.

State law currently requires that basic textbooks be approved ahead of time and any supplemental books must be approved at some point during the school year. Approval for teaching aids and computer software are optional.

If the bill becomes law, all of those materials must be pre-approved and districts must post a list of those materials online.

Klein told fellow lawmakers she's willing to tweak that bill but said her goal is transparency between teachers and parents.

Approval of the bills on a formal Senate vote would send them to the House.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Article comment by: Happy in PV

Pretty soom ya won't even be able to tell little Billy Bob or Peggy Sue they have a bugger hanging out their nose without fear of being arrested.
Really?? We need a law for language?? Really?


Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Article comment by: Sheesh Deluxe

Brought to you by the party of smaller government.

Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Article comment by: Are you serious? Get real.

Do any of these parents complaining ever hear their little darlings when they are out in public with their friends? Teach them not to use foul language in public or mixed company.

Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Article comment by: Richey Hope

I recall a phone call from my son's 5th or 6th grade teacher warning me that he was reading books dealing with witchcraft. She was referring to Alvin Schwatz's Scary Stories series, most of which I had read. I thought they were very good "scary" stories, and I told her so. I asked if she had read them she had not. I told her to read them and then get back to me, so we could both know what we were talking about. She never did, of course. She retired the next year, thankfully.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Moral Compass

All 3 bills are dead--the Arizona Star reported that none of these bills made it past the Senate.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Truth Be Told

Any violation enforced on an education institution regarding "FCC violations" in language by an educator could possibly be appealed on the grounds that the FCC does next to nothing to "censor" pop music on the media freely accessible to children (i.e. pop music on the radio, network television shows). If a child can turn on a Walkman in class and listen to a "regulated" radio station playing a song about sex, sexual bodily functions, and language with sexual or racial undertones then, really, what is the point of the FCC or this legislation.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Kyl's PR Guy

Blunt Truth said "As near as I can tell, about 80% of college professors would have to be fired immediately."
This was not intended to be a factual statement.


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Retired Teacher

To Dog Path...
This privatization of education has already begun in Indiana under Gov. Mitch Daniels. Public school teachers are soon to be a part of a 'merit pay' system. Gov. Daniels has revoked collective bargaining for teachers.
These changes have been haphazardly implemented. Teacher morale is at an all-time low. I'll bet my meager teacher's pension that all of this privatization will end in disaster.


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Dog Path

Welcome to the 'Brave new world'. Won't be long before the 'thought police' can arrest a teacher for thinking unapproved thoughts. But, we know the real purpose is to destroy public education and steer folks into the the for profit corporate run schools.

Privatizing education is one of the goals of the corporate and billionaire funded ALEC. Senator Lori Klein (R) District 6 is on ALEC's committee for tax and fiscal policy. ALEC is secretive and the information provided by ALEC-IN-ARIZONA was obtained by a FOI request.

"Arizona has one of the highest concentrations of ALEC legislators of any state in the United States. Among the 90 members of the Arizona Legislature- 60 in the House and 30 in the Senate- 50 have been documented as members of ALEC. The actual total likely is higher, as no “official list of ALEC members is available. Two thirds of the legislature’s Republican leadership serves on ALEC task forces," http://site.pfaw.org/pdf/ALEC-IN-ARIZONA.pdf


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Angel Moroni

As Pink Floyd says..."We don't need no education. We don't need no thought control...Hey, teachers, leave those kids alone!"
Someone should rewrite these lyrics to say..."We don't need no legislation. We don't need no government control... Hey, politicians, leave those teachers alone!"

All of the bills mentioned in this article are ridculous and unnecessary! I'm sure wonderful books like TO KILL A MOKINGBIRD and OF MICE AND MEN will be pulled from the curriculum. Also, AZ will probably remove valuable classes like "Current Events" because how can a teacher have a worthwhile discussion on current happenings without talking about politics and opposing viewpoints? I guess it doesn't matter that students learn to make valid judgments after hearing all sides of an issue.
Finally, God forbid any English or Drama teacher attempts to teach INHERIT THE WIND!

It's time for the govenment to butt-out. We don't need the Federal Department of Education, NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND, or the newfangled version relabeled as RACE TO THE TOP. They are expensive and unneccessary.
And now we even have the government on "fat patrol" in our school cafeterias - good luck getting those kids to eat healthy when they're not in school!

Looks like Big Brother is alive and well in America's schools.


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: pv cowboy

Oh, and one more note (please) to Blunt Truth:

I have two undergrad degrees from two state universities, and a Masters in education from Notre Dame.

One guess: which school tried to teach me what to think, and which (two) taught me how to think?

Things that make you wonder...


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: pv cowboy

Take it from this teacher, it's poor form to curse in mixed company (especially underage), and to any group of people in general There could be even one member, who might actually take offense. So just don't.
Make your point more eloquently. Teachers should set a better example.

So err on the side of caution, and use proper English.

Hey, I curse all the time in my personal life, at home, but it stays there, period.

BTW, I am under 40, and quite unoffended when someone curses in my presence.But there is a time and a place for every word, and the classroom just isn't it.

And to Blunt Truth:

80%??
Please, I can't wait for you to back this up with actual data (even a link will suffice), or is it just outdated conjecture?


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Moral Compass

Who decides what is "partisan"? Who decides when a teacher is "encouraging or imposing" a partisan view? The lack of clear definition of partisan political doctrine in this bill could have a chilling effect on teachers--they will have to tread very carefully, especially if they teach civics or government.

One phone call from a parent to a principal could result in an investigation and possible revocation of a teacher's license. The bill also empowers the DOE to suspend payments to a school and revoke the license of administrators if corrective action is not taken.

This is not something I would expect from the party of limited government.



Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Mr. Maverick

One word, "FREE SPEECH". If you do not like free speech move to another country. The government has taken enough of our rights away! The politicians in this State should keep their filthy hands off of education and let teachers do their job.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Right-Wing Legislature makes end run to Ban Books

Say good bye to Huck Finn, the smaller govt crowd is going to start burning books

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Michael Kerr

I'm sorry but what the hell does the FCC have to do with books? If they are so concerned with morality could they not come up with a standard all their own rather than use one for broadcasting? And before you answer the FCC regulates the difference between what is indecent and what is obscene broken down to different times of the day.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Blunt Truth

"Another proposal aims to keep teachers from imposing political or partisan views on their students. The bill would prohibit teachers from encouraging students to promote or adopt a partisan viewpoint. Violators could lose their teaching license."


As near as I can tell, about 80% of college professors would have to be fired immediately.
It would be nice of teachers taught students how to think, not what to think. It seems clear to me most teachers have decided it is their mission to teach them exactly what to think.


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Retired Teacher

What the h#%&*???
This is ridiculous! One teacher uses foul language, a parent complains, and ALL teaches are under scrutiny? Why not just reprimand the guilty party? I can only imagine what would happen to a teacher if he/she punished an entire class because one kid misbehaved. Parents would form a lynch mob!
What about kids using foul language in class? And what about all of those parents who swear at their kids' teachers? Should we expell the former and arrest the latter? Fair is fair!

As far as partisan views go, if the mainstream media can profess liberal views and give a "pass" to the political candidates they support while condemning those they dislike, how much more harm could a teacher do by indicating his/her political views? How does an educator teach speech, debate, or even social studies without discussing partisan viewpoints? If our political climate today weren't so polarized, this wouldn't even be an issue! It's time that legislators in ALL states realize that the problem with education today isn't teachers. The problem is the society in which we live and the unnecessary and damaging interference by the government in education. One doesn't need to look any further than the emphasis on standardized testing. Also, maybe it's time we finally point the finger in the right direction - at the kids and their parents! Teachers have been made scapegoats.

A good analogy...if you have a car that won't start, would you begin trying to fix it by replacing the tires or the battery?

A little common sense could go a long way and save taxpayers millions of dollars!


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Should students be protected from the likes of authors like Mark Twain?

Not sure all his words meet FCC decency standards.

Not sure Klein meets even AZ legislature standards.

Then again...

Certainly doesn't seem very Republican, either, attempting to wrest more control from local school boards while creating more bureaucracy and cost for local school districts.



Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: LOOK OUT ARIZONA

Here comes "equal time" for Creationism.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Horace Mann

Obviously some people think there is a problem here. It would be helpful to the debate if we could seem some examples of some transgressions.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Zig E.

One person complains and that's enough for another law ? I'd like to know exactly what was said that " one person" found so objectionable and no one else did. Sounds like a case of " one person" being a bit to sensitive. Oh Shucks, Gee golly golly whiz ! My virgin ears just can't bare it.
Get a grip. Obviously nothing was said or more than one person would have complained.


Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: open book

Smaller government must be a thing of the past. Micromanagement is the new deal.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Just wondering

Well said Aaron, but if you watch television you'll see not much violates Federal Communication Commission standards.

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Article comment by: Aaron Newton

Keeping political or partisin views out of school should allow science to be taught correctly again. However, I can see an exception to that rule being written. Science is not based on intelligence designed by man, the earth is more than six thousand years old and there is a separation of church and state.



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