A recent study shows that Texas ranks the highest in the country for student-teacher relationships.
The study, which was conducted by Terry Abbott, Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Education during President George W. Bush's Administration, found that the majority of these relationships start via text message or through social media sites.
Local San Antonio school districts have already started to take preemptive measures by implementing rules barring their teachers from developing online relationships with their students.
"Out teachers are not supposed to communicate with students via text, using Facebook or any other social media outlet," said Aubrey Chancellor, Communications Director with North East Independent School District. "It's just important to remind them that that's not professional, it is not what they are supposed to be doing, and we are not going to tolerate it."
Chancellor told 550 KTSA News that teachers who are found in violation of this policy are immediately fired and reported to the State Board of Education.
"We legally cannot forbid teachers from adding their students to their social media sites, but it is highly recommended that they don't," said Pascual Gonzalez, Communications Director with Northside ISD. "We have strict guidelines to remind them that their relationship with their students is not one of a friend, but is a student-teacher relationship."
Gonzalez said they also recommend that teachers refrain from adding parents of their students as well, unless they do so through a non-private, professional only page.
Texas has had 26 cases of inappropriate student-teacher relationships exposed this year alone.
By: Marissa A. Wagner
Wednesday March 27, 2013
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