By Madelynn Coldiron
A task force with a mission of combatting inappropriate student-teacher relationships is casting a wide net with its recommendations.
The group’s 34-page report, delivered to the Education Professional Standards Board in April, focuses heavily on prevention, calls on multiple state agencies to take steps within their purview to combat the problem and, perhaps most significantly, also gives parents and students a role in this process.
“Everything that we recommended is a piece of an awareness effort,” said attorney Teresa T. Combs, who chaired the task force and also serves as KSBA’s director of Legal and Administrative Training Services. “If the parents are more aware and the students are more aware of what the boundaries are and the teachers are more aware of what the boundaries are, they won’t be as likely to fall into these type of situations.”