Sometimes Unions can’t help themselves from taking positions that reveal their true nature and boggles the mind. This is such a case.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives passed a bill that stops convicted sex offenders from ever working in schools and sent the legislation on to the senate.
Not everyone is happy with the bill, major teachers’ unions like the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) are strongly opposed.
Kyle Olson, with the Education Action Group Foundation told Megyn Kelly Wednesday night
” that the unions’ objection to the bill proves “unions are out to protect the adults…they are not out for the interests of the children.”
“We should have zero tolerance for issues like this,” Olson said. “We have zero tolerance policies for weapons, a kid who bites a Pop Tart into a gun or has a Hello Kitty bubble-maker will be suspended or expelled if they have those sorts of things…”
The measure would require school systems to check state and federal criminal records for employees with unsupervised access to elementary and secondary school students, and for people seeking those jobs. Workers refusing to submit to the checks would not be allowed to have school positions.
Most teachers got into the profession because of their love of kids. I guarantee that if the teachers’ union rank and file were asked to vote on the issue they would disagree with their leadership…by a wide margin.
In letters to lawmakers, the unions have claimed the measure might jeopardize workers’ protections under union contracts.
Additionally, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., has spoken out against the bill, saying it does not allow for people to overcome their criminal backgrounds.
Olson said that the bill is not attempting to stop sex offenders from working altogether, but “they shouldn’t be in a school.”
The number one responsibility for any institution that works with children is to protect those children. Apparently the NEA and AFT do not believe that to be the case.
This is additional proof of the lack of concern these unions have for the kids their member’s teach. They fight against school vouchers despite the fact that they help children get a better education. Now they fight against a bill that would stop rapists, and other sex offenders from working with kids.
I wonder of these union leaders, or Rep. Ellison for that matter, would hire a rapist to babysit for their children or grandchildren?