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Bill Would Toughen Penalties for Improper Teacher-Student Relationships

Texas Sen. Paul Bettencourt introduced SB 7 that passed unanimously in the Senate (March 7, 2017). The proposed bill toughens penalties for educator misconduct in Texas — specifically to crack down on improper student-teacher relationships. It’s been a topic of interest for some lawmakers and educators for a number of years now. How big is […]

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Texas Sen. Paul Bettencourt introduced SB 7 that passed unanimously in the Senate (March 7, 2017). The proposed bill toughens penalties for educator misconduct in Texas — specifically to crack down on improper student-teacher relationships.

It's been a topic of interest for some lawmakers and educators for a number of years now. How big is the problem? And is it worse here in Texas than in other states? Why? To learn more, we talk with Sen. Paul Bettencourt and Zeph Capo, the president of the Houston Federation of Teachers.