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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A growing number of states are passing "Erin's Laws" requiring schools to take an active role in preventing child sexual abuse.
April 1, 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 4, 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: March 24, 2012 - 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 25, 2011 - Education Week
Justices will consider if a warrant or parental consent was needed to question a student in a suspected child abuse case.
October 19, 2010 - Education Week
School districts would be wise to have clearly defined policies on how employees should handle new, technology-based infractions, whether these occur on or off campus, writes Michael D. Kelly.
July 14, 2010 - Education Week

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