Sexual Misconduct

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


Teachers Told Me Their Stories of Sexual Assault and Harassment—and Why They Keep Silent

Even in this extraordinary #MeToo era, ordinary women who've experienced harassment or assault at work are often reluctant to share their stories publicly. (October 3, 2018)

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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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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: February 21, 2019 – 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
Justices will consider if a warrant or parental consent was needed to question a student in a suspected child abuse case.
October 20, 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
Lax reporting laws and improper record-keeping are only two of the legal and practical loopholes that let abusers teach and coach in schools, writes Billie-Jo Grant, a doctoral student whose research is in this area.
June 16, 2010 – Education Week
Addressing an issue facing schools nationwide, Louisiana is requiring educators to document certain types of electronic contact with students.
November 4, 2009 – Education Week
Schools urged to develop policies and programs to curb students’ use of cellphones to share nude or sexually provocative photos.
June 17, 2009 – Education Week
Ting-Yi Oei, an assistant principal at Freedom High School in Loudoun County, Va., who was wrongfully charged with possession of child pornography after investigating a "sexting" incident at his school, talks about why educators should be concerned about this new fad of teenagers sending naked pictures to each other via text messages and the technological implications for schools.
May 6, 2009 – Digital Directions

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