PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A new state bill could ban Arizona's teachers from discussing politics in front of students.
This legislative session, Rep. Mark Finchem (R-Ariz.) is proposing a code of ethics for teachers that would ban them from discussing controversial issues in the classroom, including politics.
"I got hundreds of people from all over the state that have contacted me and are outraged at the level of political advocacy going on in the classroom," he said.
It is a hot-button topic that some teachers insist is not even relevant compared to other problems out there.
"What we should really be doing if we want to benefit our students is to talk about the $700 million that are still missing from the schools" said Noah Kervelis, an organizer for the "Red for Ed" campaign.
The proposal comes just months after thousands of teachers walked out of the classroom.
Rep. Finchem insists his proposals would have happened regardless, telling Arizona's Family he has heard of hundreds of incidents of teachers being political in the classroom.
"If (teachers) want to talk about politics at work, get another job. There is no place for that in the public school classroom. Period."
Currently, Arizona state law already bans educators from using public resources to influence the outcome of an election.
Even then, Rep. Finchem said there needs to be more concrete rules to prevent teachers from being political.