Local school districts support bill governing student-teacher relationships | Education – Texas News

Local school districts support bill governing student-teacher relationships | Education – Texas News

A bill that would make it a crime if school administrators don’t report inappropriate relationships between school employees and students now sits on the governor’s desk, as the 85th Texas Legislative session draws to a close.

Senate Bill 7 and the companion bill in the House would allow school principals and superintendents to face criminal charges if they fail to report teachers or other school employees involved in inappropriate relationships with students.

Copperas Cove Independent School District officials believe any law that promotes student safety is a positive change.

“Anything we can do to further protect our students is positive. CCISD has always reported any suspicions of an inappropriate relationship between an educator and a student to the appropriate authorities in the rare instances that this has occurred,” said Barbara Tate, executive director of Human Resources, via e-mail Friday.

According to Tate, after a report is made, CCISD takes immediate action to conduct a formal investigation.

“CCISD immediately launches an investigation conducted by the executive director of human resources and/or the director of student services. The educator is placed on administrative leave once the investigation begins. If it appears there may be some truth to the allegations, the district notifies law enforcement.”

Tate then went on to say, “Depending on the extent of the allegations and what evidence may already be available, law enforcement may be…

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