Arizona Measure Seeks to Clean Up Teachers’ Speech

By Sean Cavanagh — February 16, 2012 1 min read
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The late George Carlin used to joke about the seven words you can’t say on television.

Some Arizona lawmakers want to spell out the words you can’t say in an Arizona classroom.

A proposal introduced by Republican lawmakers would forbid teachers from using obscene, indecent, and profane language, as judged by the Federal Communications Commission’s standards for radio and television.

Teachers who unleash an expletive would be subject to a minimum of a week’s unpaid suspension. A second offense will result in a two-week unpaid suspension, followed by a firing for a third foray into banned language.

As now written, the measure would apply to any public school or preschool teachers, as well as public community college or four-year college in the state.

But the sponsor of the measure, state Sen. Lori Klein, told the Arizona Republic she did not intend for the law to apply to higher education institutions.

A version of this news article first appeared in the State EdWatch blog.