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Abbott Signs Improper Teacher-Student Relationships Law



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    Texas is cracking down on inappropriate teacher-student relationships.

    Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a crackdown on inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.

    The measure requires principals and superintendents to report inappropriate teacher-student relationships or face jail time and fines up to $10,000. The teacher's family could also lose access to the teacher's pension.

    It further mandates that a teacher automatically lose his or her license if he or she has to register as a sex offender.

    Teachers would also get training on how to properly handle personal boundaries and relationships with students.

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    Gov. Greg Abbott speaks with NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine about the Texas legislative session, including Senate Bill 7, which Abbott signed into law Thursday putting harsher penalties on inappropriate teacher-student relationships.

    (Published Thursday, May 25, 2017)

    The Texas Education Agency in 2016 opened 220-plus investigations involving inappropriate teacher-student relationships.

    Abbott signed the bill Thursday during a ceremony in his office at the state Capitol saying, "Texas will protect its children from sexual predators in our classrooms."

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