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FCC Rules On 'Dirty Words' Could Be Used In Arizona Schools (VIDEO)

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Legislation proposed this month in the Arizona state Senate could cause teachers at public schools and universities to face suspension or termination for using any language that is currently barred from television under the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy, the Washington Times reports.

Arizona state Senate Bill 1467 is sponsored by State Senator Lori Klein and backed by many Republican lawmakers, My Fox Phoenix reports.

Klein told the station the bill would mandate punishments ranging from one week suspension for the first offense to dismissal for the third.

Senator David Schapira (D-Tempe) is a part of the Democratic opposition to the bill. He told the station he thinks it's unnecessary.

"Frankly school boards are the ones who should be making these decisions," Schapira told My Fox Phoenix. "I was a high school teacher and I taught in a high school where I never heard anything like this, I never heard from a student, parent or teacher that this was a problem in any classroom."

David Hudson of the First Amendment Center told MSNBC the bill may even violate teachers' constitutional rights.

"That is really problematic," Hudson told MSNBC. "There are serious First Amendment problems with it, serious academic freedom violations."

Hudson also told the station he'd be "stunned" if the bill actually passed.

So far the state's Senate Education Committee hasn't scheduled a hearing to discuss the legislation.

For more on the story, watch the video report from My Fox Phoenix below.

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