That’s an abhorrent rate and a trend that deserves far more attention from school leaders and policy makers.
In Texas, home to the largest number of teacher sexual misconduct cases in the country, investigations into alleged inappropriate teacher-student relationships has grown 27 percent over the past three years, to 179.
A 14-year-old student in Florida wrote his cellphone number on a classroom chalkboard because he wanted a classmate he liked to call him.
America is blessed with many great educators who work hard to teach children every day.
If a teacher or coach wants to send an electronic communication to a student, it should be copied to a parent.
Private messages with children should never be allowed.
Kentucky schools reported more than 45 sexual relationships between teachers and students in 2011, up from 25 just a year earlier.
And a surge has been reported in Alabama, where the state investigated 31 cases during the year ending July 2013, nearly triple the number it had investigated just four years earlier. In those roles, I would hear about teachers who became sexually involved with students – but at that time, those cases seemed rare.
These instantaneous, omnipresent and discreet connections have created an open gateway for inappropriate behavior.