Lawmakers kill teacher suspension bill




BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A House committee has killed a measure
designed to deny pay to suspended teachers accused of a felony.

Members of the House Education Committee who voted against the
proposed legislation said Thursday it violated teachers' due
process rights.

Blackfoot Republican Rep. Jim Marriott says teachers shouldn't
be punished before they've actually been convicted with a crime.

Teachers accused of crimes, such as sexual impropriety with a
student, can be fired or suspended with pay while their legal
process plays out in the courts.

Meridian Republican Rep. Richard Jarvis says school districts
should also be able to suspend teachers without pay, then pay them
for the time away from work if declared innocent.

Jarvis says it doesn't make sense to pay teachers not working in
the classroom with criminal charges pending.

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