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Rep. Ramirez: collaboration gets results on Colo. safe schools bill

Posted by michaelsandoval on February 23rd, 2011
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“It’s just a matter of talking to people, being open,” said Colorado state Rep. Robert Ramirez, R-Broomfield.

Ramirez saw his HB 1121 pass from the House Education Committee - on a 12 to 1 vote - and on its way to Appropriations last week. He attributes the bipartisan success to collaboration on the bill that seeks to remove convicted felons from licensed and unlicensed educational positions.

“So, what’s important to know here is that you’re creating an environment that’s safe for teachers and for the students and other people that work for the schools. I had somebody ask me, ‘Well, what’s the difference? You’ve got to give somebody a second chance, don’t you?’ I agree.

“We’re talking about specific felonies, we’re talking about felonies of violence which include rape, murder, child molestation, felony indecent exposure, felony spousal abuse - these are horrible things that people do, so these are people that maybe we don’t want in schools . . .

“. . . Overcoming these arguments is what you do first, and I do things a little differently, I’ve heard, than a lot of people do . . . I said, ‘Come in, let’s look at this, and tell me what you think. What do you see? What am I missing?’”

Ramirez was able to secure support - or at the very least, a position of neutrality - from the state’s unions, which allowed the bill to go forward.

  • Post by michaelsandoval on February 23rd, 2011

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