Is Arizona Trolling the Rest of the Country?
Arizona, you’ve done it again! Our progressive friends to the West have once again dropped the nation’s collective jaw with the introduction of a new bill that would restrict the classroom conduct of teachers even further (see previous insanity here). SB 1467 states that public school teachers can and will be fined, suspended and/or terminated if they:
…engage in speech or conduct that would violate the standards adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (my emphasis) concerning obscenity, indecency and profanity if that speech or conduct were broadcast on television or radio.
After all, who knows how to advance the cause of education better than a restrictive governing body like the FCC? As Thinkprogress.org points out, if this bill passes, teaching any books that contain references to sex or even the printed word “fuck” would be grounds for immediate termination. This includes Catcher in the Rye, The Canterbury Tales, and the dictionary.
Furthermore, as noted by legal blog Student Activism, the bill itself is written in such a manner that a teacher’s behavior inside and outside of the classroom will be subject to scrutiny:
Note the language of the bill: You’re violating the law if you engage “in speech or conduct” that would violate FCC standards if “broadcast on television or radio.” Not public speech or conduct. Speech or conduct, full stop. If this law passes, it will be illegal for any “person who provides classroom instruction” in the state of Arizona to have sex. Or pee. Ever.
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