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Teacher in Legislature favors barring lawmakers from jobs in education

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A state senator who says he's the only Alabama legislator teaching in public schools is in favor of a measure that would bar lawmakers from holding jobs in public education.

State Sen. Rusty Glover, R-Semmes, said he is a co-sponsor of legislation banning legislators from having a job in the K-12 or two-year college systems, and he is willing to quit his job as a high school history teacher if the legislation passes.

Glover was a teacher before he was elected to the Alabama House in 2002 and then the Senate in 2006. Many other legislators have come under scrutiny because they took jobs with Alabama's two-year colleges after being elected.

About one-third of legislators, their businesses or their immediate family have jobs, contracts, or financial connections to two-year colleges. They generally draw their full college salaries while in Montgomery on legislative business.

Glover said it's different for him. He is docked $261 for each day he misses. He figures he gave up about $40,000 while in the House and will lose $11,232 from his teacher's salary this year.

"I never double dipped a penny," he said.

Jeff Emerson, a spokesman for Gov. Bob Riley, said the governor had talked with Glover and was moved by his willingness to support the proposed ban even though it would cost him his job.

The governor has asked the State Board of Education to enact a double-dipping ban.

Glover said that when the Legislature is in session, he works a half day on Tuesday at Mary Montgomery High School and then heads for Montgomery. He misses classes all day Wednesday and Thursday.

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