Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Stop Pay to Convicted Teachers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill that would stop public schools from continuing to pay the salary of teachers convicted of major felonies or sex offenses involving a child. The Senate voted 33-0 to approve the bill Thursday.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Chad Fincher of Semmes, cleared the House in February. The bill now goes to the governor.

The bill was filed because of the case of Washington County teacher Charlene Schmitz, who was convicted of child enticement and continued to receive pay while serving a 10-year federal prison sentence. She was paid $164,429 before the pay was stopped in November.

Fincher's bill terminates employment and stops pay upon conviction. His bill was supported by the Alabama Education Association.

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  • by LA Location: up here on Mar 26, 2010 at 10:02 AM
    How in the world can someone go to prison and still collect a paycheck? If that made sense there would be a lot more people trying to get into jail instead of out! Free room and board, plus meals & laundry serive, AND you get to still earn your paycheck without doing any work??!! Who wouldn't want to go? That's why the economy is in the situation it is now....things are stupid and just don't make sense!!
  • by I cannot believe this Location: Mississippi on Mar 25, 2010 at 01:09 PM
    With all the offenders that have been in the news lately, I thought it was mandatory that they were terminated. If you are terminated, you lose all pay. That makes sense to me.
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