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Tue September 29, 2009
WVAS Local

GOP to Wrangle With Imprisoned Educators

Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Republicans plan to give priority to a
bill that would stop Alabama teachers from continuing to receive
pay and benefits while in prison on felony convictions that they
are appealing.
The bill would amend the state's teacher tenure law, which was
changed in 2004 with the backing of the Alabama Education
Association. AEA's chief lobbyist, Paul Hubbert, said he agrees
that a teacher in prison should not be paid, but he wants to make
sure the dismissal process is fair.
Rep. Chad Fincher of Semmes said he is prefiling a bill in the
Alabama House this week that would immediately halt payments to a
public school teacher when convicted of a felony. GOP leaders say
it will get priority in the session that starts Jan. 12.