New Law Keeps Convicted Teachers From Receiving Pay

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley has signed legislation
into law that will stop pay for teachers who are convicted of major
felonies or of sex offenses involving children.

The legislation received overwhelming support, passing 101-0 in
the House of Representatives and 33-0 in the Senate.

Riley thanked sponsor Rep. Chad Fincher on Wednesday for his
leadership in getting the bill passed.

The bill was filed in response to the case of a Washington
County teacher who was convicted of child enticement but continued
to receive her pay while serving a federal prison sentence.

The new law revises Alabama's teacher tenure law to terminate
employment and pay upon conviction. It goes into effect immediately
and covers Class A felonies such as murder, first-degree rape,
first-degree arson, first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

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