Sexual Misconduct

The latest news about sexual misconduct in schools, including articles, Commentaries, and special features.

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A Lingering Shame
This special collection includes Education Week and Associated Press reporting on a problem that is only sporadically recognized as a national issue: sexual misconduct by teachers.

A Trust Betrayed: Sexual Misconduct in Schools
Education Week's groundbreaking three-part 1998 series looks at educators' sexual misconduct with students, and state efforts to address the subject.

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July 20, 2016 – Education Week
A high-profile lawsuit brought by renowned teacher Rafe Esquith highlights the Los Angeles district's process for investigating teachers accused of misconduct.
October 28, 2015 – Education Week
Advocacy groups seek to publicize the problem of sexual abuse of students with disabilities, highlighting strategies to protect a population statistically more likely to be victimized.
June 24, 2014 – Education Week
A growing number of states are passing "Erin's Laws" requiring schools to take an active role in preventing child sexual abuse.
April 2, 2014 – Education Week
A General Accountability Office investigation reveals a fractured, confusing, and conflicting system for reporting and tracking incidences of child sexual abuse by school personnel.
February 5, 2014 – Education Week
In 2009, three teenage girls at Greensburg Salem High School in Western Pennsylvania sent nude or seminude cellphone pictures of themselves to their boyfriends.
October 19, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune
Teachers who were removed from the California elementary school where two teachers were arrested for lewd conduct protested the district's actions and called for reinstatement.
May 4, 2012 – McClatchy-Tribune
The child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State has renewed questions over educators' duty to report suspected abuse, but most states are clear on K-12 reporting requirements.
November 16, 2011 | Updated: May 11, 2016 – Education Week
A bill making its way through the California Senate could provide public school districts the power to suspend or expel students for sexting.
July 12, 2011 – Education Week
The state board of education is scheduled to vote on guidelines that would prohibit or restrict certain staff-student interactions to prevent sexual misconduct in schools.
January 26, 2011 – Education Week

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