Teachers Unions fight bill prohibiting convicted rapists from working in schools

Teachers unions oppose a bill passed by the House this week, which now heads to the Senate, that would prevent convicted rapists and other violent felons from working in schools.

This was disclosed on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” by guest Kyle Olson, from the Education Action Group Foundation. Host Megyn Kelly was shocked.

“What is the real endgame by the unions?” she asked. “Because you can’t imagine that the unions want convicted rapists to be working next to their children in these schools. So what is the motivation?”

Olson replied that the unions’ concern was only to its dues-paying adult members — not the children. “We should have a higher ethical standard for teachers and school employees,” he said.

“We’re not saying these people shouldn’t be able to have a job,” he added. “But they shouldn’t be in a school, they shouldn’t have direct access to children.”

“Who wants a convicted sex offender working next to their children?!” Kelly put in. “There are certain rights you give up if you rape somebody and get convicted.”

The American Federation of Teachers responded that it doesn’t allow for felons to prove they no longer pose a risk, and claims that background checks would be too costly.

Watch the Fox News video of the exchange.


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