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April 11, 2014 - 6:56 am

Parents of children in Texas public schools need to pay attention to this one.

In the 2011 session of the Texas legislature, lawmakers considered a bill that made it easier for school districts to fire teachers who had been convicted of felony crimes. The need for such legislation, in an age when teachers have been caught having sex with underage students and other terrible misdeeds, is obvious.

The Texas House considered HB 1610 to make it easier for school districts to get felons out of classrooms. Sen. Wendy Davis was among a handful of Democrats who voted against the bill. The bill passed easily, without Davis’ vote. Davis then voted for a loophole that would have allowed felons to continue teaching if their crimes were unrelated to teaching.

A convicted felon is a convicted felon.

HB 1610 passed the Texas Senate and then passed the Texas House almost unanimously. Just one member voted against it in the House. It was one of the most bipartisan bills of the session.

But Wendy Davis voted against it.

Why would she do that? Why would Wendy Davis vote repeatedly to keep felons in our public school classrooms?

The Real Wendy (which is a political attack site — it also gets its facts right, though) speculates that she was voting to satisfy the teachers unions. Davis is the union candidate — teachers unions have donated more to her campaign than all of the three previous Democratic governor candidates combined.

Whatever the reason, Davis’ votes to keep felons in Texas public school classrooms is disturbing and appalling. There’s no way around that.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Teachers have had sexual relationships with underage students for decades. It's hardly new although it's been more public in the last ten years or so.
Almost all of those relationships are harmful or abusive to some degree and some much more than others.
However --
"Felon" does not mean "rapist." To bar all felons from ever being teachers may be more than we need or even want. Charles Coulson would have been caught up in that bar. The possibility of employing a felon as a teacher should be weighed case-by-case, although perhaps a sex offender could be barred automatically.
Maybe not even that, since some 16-year-olds have been labelled felony sex offenders because of consensual relationships with 15-year-olds.
35 weeks ago
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" Charles Coulson would have been caught up in that bar."

That's fine with me. Not because I think Colson would have been any kind of threat to children, but because it's about maintaining STANDARDS.

We have enough excuses for lowering our standards. We don't need any more.

Felons should not be teachers, nor a whole lot of other things. It should matter.

35 weeks ago
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Sooooo . . .
She supports underage girls getting abortions without parental consent;
AND,
She supports letting felons teach in schools.

But remember people:
Correlation is not causation!
35 weeks ago
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I'm almost beginning to feel sorry for Davis 'cause she's gonna' get a 55-gallon drum of whoop-ass dumped on her this November. And, she won't have a clue as to why.
35 weeks ago
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Oh, she'll know why, and she'll tell the world! It's sexism! And..... BUSH!

35 weeks ago
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Keep on crying "WOLF!"
35 weeks ago
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Teachers Unions are a Democrat voting constituency.

So are felons. Even those whose right to vote has not been restored.
35 weeks ago
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"The need for such legislation, in an age when teachers have been caught having sex with underage students and other terrible misdeeds, AND NOT BE FIRED, is obvious."

FIFY.
35 weeks ago
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"....speculates that she was voting to satisfy the teachers unions. "


Um, duh.

35 weeks ago
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Wendy Davis Wants Rapists Teaching Your Children
How long will it take to get the t-shirts and bumper stickers out?
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