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State Takes On Inappropriate Student-Teacher Relationships


A task force has released recommendations aimed at preventing inappropriate relationships between teachers and students in Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the state Education Professional Standards Board made the Combating Inappropriate Student-Teacher Relationships Task Force in June 2015. According to former U.S. Department of Education official Terry Abbott, in 2014 Kentucky had the second-highest per-capita rate in the country of inappropriate relationships.

The task force found that the current state educator code of ethics is vague, and recommends that the code be revised to be clearer by the fall. It also encourages more parent involvement, like recommending schools provide resources for parents on what they need to know about their students' activity on social media.

Nancy Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Education, says the department is reviewing the recommendations.