- Associated Press - Friday, September 15, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The number of cases of teachers accused of soliciting romantic relationships from students has increased for the ninth year in a row in Texas, with a state education official attributing the increase to more awareness of the issue.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that in the one-year period that ended Sept. 1, the Texas Education Agency opened 302 cases against public teachers accused of having improper relationships with students. That’s a 36 percent increase from the year before.

Doug Phillips, TEA’s director of educator investigations, attributes the growth to increased vigilance among teachers and administrators of recognizing and reporting improper behavior.

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State lawmakers made curbing improper teacher-student relationships a priority during this year’s regular legislative session.

He says, “We’ve amped up the pressure to report and we’ve made people more aware.”


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com

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