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Voting yes on Proposal 2 the right thing to do

October 19, 2012
The Alpena News

Are you as frustrated as I am when viewing the campaign lies about Proposal 2? You know the one that says your child's teacher gets five chances to come to school intoxicated before his employer can reprimand him. The one which says teachers and bus drivers with criminal records could be hired. The one about school bus safety standards could be bargained away under Proposal 2. Reality: All school employees are required to receive background checks by the FBI. Proposal 2 doesn't change that. If an employee of a public school is charged with a crime, disclosure to the Superintendent of the district is required under the Pupil Protection Act. Proposal 2 doesn't change that. If a school employee is convicted of a crime, the due process and legal prosecution is not affected by Proposal 2. The claim about eliminating safety standards for school bus drivers is also false. Federal and State law make clear that labor organizations cannot bargain about the licensing requirements under federal and state law.



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