So it turns out that Texas is number one on a new list, and sadly its not a good one. Texas is on top once again, because more teachers in Texas have inappropriate relationships with students than any other state.
While reporting on yet another high school sex scandal — this one involving a teacher with a penchant for “pot parties” — KHOU Ch. 11 in Houston discovered that Texas is No. 1 in the nation for inappropriate student-teacher relationships. That is bad.
Terry Abbott, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Education, explains that more than 200 similar cases have been reported in the media nationwide since the start of the year. A quarter (50+) of those happened in Texas.
And in recent years, the numbers have spiked, according to KHOU. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) opened 86 cases during the 2007-08 school year. For the 2011-12 session, those numbers rose to 156.
Abbott calls the situation an epidemic and offers up some advice for school districts like HISD, which permits teachers to communicate to students via social media for school-related issues.
“Stop teachers from texting with kids, and stop teachers from interacting with kids on Facebook,” he warned. “That leads to serious problems.”
To explain proper conduct, the TEA website has video series called The Campus, which explores ethical dilemmas for Texas teachers in the “comedic style of the hit television show The Office.”
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