Ariz. bill would censor teacher language

Monday, February 13, 2012

PHOENIX — A group of Republican lawmakers is backing a bill that would require Arizona teachers to limit their classroom speech to words that comply with Federal Communications Commission regulations on what can be said on TV or radio.

That means no cussing in class or using other gross language.

The Arizona Republic reports the bill establishes penalties for anyone teaching in a public school who violates the FCC standards. Penalties range from a one-week suspension for a first offense to firing for a third offense.

Sen. Lori Klein says the Senate Bill 1467 stems from complaints about teachers in local high schools using inappropriate language in front of students.

Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, wrote in the Huffington Post that the measure was “the most hilariously unconstitutional piece of legislation that I’ve seen in quite some time.”

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