To the Journal editor:
We should demand that attack ads filled with lies about Proposal 2 to protect collective bargaining be removed from the air. These ads are riddled with misleading statements, groundless accusations and fear mongering.
Proposal 2 will not stop school bus drivers from needing a commercial driver's license because federal law requires the licensing.
In addition, Michigan's Pupil Transportation Act adds another layer of accountability and requires drivers pass a preliminary screening for a criminal background before they are hired. The screening requirement is handled by school boards. Proposal 2 doesn't change that.
Proposal 2 will not allow school employees with criminal records to remain in school buildings. The FBI and Michigan State Police conduct background checks on school employees as part of Michigan's revised school code. Proposal 2 doesn't change this.
Michigan's Pupil Protection Act requires that school superintendents be notified if an employee is charged with a crime. Proposal 2 doesn't change this requirement.
Michigan's working families deserve to know who is behind these attacks. The lies must stop. The ads should immediately be removed.
Earl Eliason, regional director