Video: A Bill Silencing Educators

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JACKSON, Miss. (WCBI) – If a teacher voices their political opinion in the classroom, they could be fined $10,000.00. That’s if a bill passes through the Mississippi legislature.

Under House Bill 49, educators could also lose their licenses.

The proposed legislation says school board members, superintendents, and teachers retain their rights in the U.S. Constitution.

However, they can’t talk politics at school or encourage anyone to support a certain issue while on school grounds.

Specifically, it would ban educators from quote “Lobbying the legislature for policy change” by using their official position during work hours or on school property.

“I’m pretty private with my opinion. This is not my first rodeo working for the government being a teacher. I was a police officer before that, and you just keep your head down and your mouth shut about that kind of stuff.”

The bill is still in a house committee.

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