Sex ed for Alabama teachers? Bill calls for training to not sleep with students
The Educator-Student Interaction Training Act would require one hour of training per year on sexual or romantic contact, social media interactions, interactions outside the classroom, and the use of corporal punishment and physical restraints in classrooms.
The bill cites increasing reports of inappropriate relations between teachers and students, in person and online.
Two male assistant football coaches were arrested in March in a Limestone County high school for having sex with different students, while a female teacher from a different school was arrested for sleeping with at least two students, the Decatur Daily reported.
In 2011, a female teacher was charged with sexually abusing three students; she pleaded guilty to two counts and was sentenced to 15 years in jail.
The legislation, proposed by Republican Senator Cam Ward, is expected to go the floor this week after being passed by the Senate’s Education Policy Committee, according to the Decatur Daily.
Committee Chairman Dick Brewbaker, a former teacher, abstained from voting on the bill last week and said he’d probably vote against it in the full Senate, calling it an insult to educators.
“I knew to leave the people in the little desks alone,” he said. “Teachers who have inappropriate relations with students aren’t doing it because they don’t know it’s wrong.”
If the bill passes, teachers in Alabama can expect to begin training during the 2016-2017 school year.