“Stop Child Molesters, Sexual Abusers and Drug Dealers from Working in California Schools Act,” is a new ballot measure that aims to speed up the dismissal process for egregious teacher misconduct. A Sacramento based non-profit group called EdVoice is leading the charge after several attempts have failed in the state legislature.
“Who’s going to vote against that!?” asked Morning Answer co-host Brian Whitman
“The teachers union,” replied a serious co-host Ben Shapiro.
“Exactly, that’s why I’m saying it’s stupid. It’s really sad that like any time that there’s like a logical proposal like this – the stupid teachers unions get in the way,” commented co-host Elisha Krauss.
Ben Shapiro explained that the teachers unions do this because they believe it is their job to safeguard the jobs of teachers who are accused of misconduct but not convicted of misconduct. “The only problem of course is that leaves us in the weird position of paying people who’ve been accused of child molestation for years on end,” pointed out Ben.
Brian raised a hypothetical situation about a teacher that was charged but then found not guilty.
“The teachers unions don’t bother determining that before defending the teacher. They say innocent until proven guilty,” interjected Ben.
“We’ll I think we’d all want to be innocent until proven guilty,” said Brian.
“That’s true,” replied Ben, “But we wouldn’t necessarily be able to keep our jobs.”
Ben then brought up the story of a teacher arrested at his private school. At his previous job, the teacher had been accused of statutorily raping a 16 year old tennis student of his. The school immediately fired him.
Click on the player above to hear Brian, Ben and Elisha argue whether or not a teacher should be eliminated from their job after an accusation or should stay employed until the case works its way through the court system.