Teachers save lives – let them keep doing it.

Sometimes, you read the news and you just have to yell into your empty kitchen, “Have we lost our minds?”

This was my reaction midweek reading Howard Fischer’s story on House Bill 2161, which an esteemed panel at the Arizona State Legislature approved this week. If it becomes law, it will punish teachers for doing the one thing teachers have done for centuries: listen to students in confidence.

The bill would make it illegal for teachers to withhold information from parents that is “relevant to the physical, emotional or mental health of the parent’s child,” according to Fischer’s reporting.

Teachers who don’t call parents when Junior tells them something that fits the above description — and what wouldn’t fit during the roller coaster of adolescence? — could lose their teaching certification. To me, this is insanity. Keep reading here.

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