FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/07/2017
Rep. Isaac Files Bill to Stop Inappropriate Teacher-Student Relationships
AUSTIN — Rep. Jason Isaac (Dripping Springs) has filed legislation aimed at stopping inappropriate relationships between teachers and students in Texas public schools.
"Our state is blessed to be home to so many truly talented and dedicated educators," Rep. Isaac said. "However, we haven't done enough to keep the few bad apples from taking advantage of our children."
Reps. Isaac and Tony Dale (Cedar Park) have previously called attention to the practice known as "passing the trash," where teachers who resign instead of being fired for engaging in inappropriate relationships with children are allowed to keep their teaching certificate. When this happens, they can find jobs in other school districts and continue preying on the students.
Governor Greg Abbott addressed “passing the trash” at length in his State of the State address and called for legislation to revoke licenses of teachers who assault children and send them to jail.
Rep. Isaac filed House Bill 1403 and Rep. Dale filed HB 218, both of which strengthen prohibitions against relationships between educators and students.
“I’m thankful that our children’s safety in schools — where all they should have to focus on is learning — is a priority for our state’s leadership,” Rep. Isaac continued. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and the Senate to keep sexual predators out of our schools.”