Keeping convicted sex offenders out of schools would seem like a logical solution, but the two biggest teachers unions in the country are shockingly opposed to this. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill to strengthen background checks and keep convicted sex offenders from working in schools. While the bill makes sense because sex offenders are typically barred from living anywhere near a school, let alone working in one, the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) protested the bill before it was passed.
In a letter to house members, the NEA argued that background checks “often have a huge, racially disparate impact.” Randi Weingarten, the AFT chief, also stated that teachers would be inconvenienced by the lengthy screening process. They made these comments even after the Government Accountability Office found “hundreds of potential cases of registered sex offenders working in schools” across the United States in 2010.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that a teachers union has supported pedophiles. A local teachers union in Michigan is actively fighting to give a $10,000 severance payout to a man convicted of sexual assault on a then 13-year-old boy and sentenced to 15-30 years in prison. Neal Erickson had resigned from Rose City Middle School, where he was a computer teacher, before the investigation began. as school district officials offered a $10,000 buyout to teachers who resigned as part of a cost-cutting measure.
The child’s father has stated that ny money disbursed should be going to his son, who is “out there trying to make it in this world all messed up. What are you going to say when you’re backing a child molester?”