Texas senator files bill to crack down on teacher misconduct

Teachers having sex with students. It's a troubling problem that's on the rise. Now, a local lawmaker has a new solution.

HOUSTON - Teachers having sex with students. It's a troubling problem that's on the rise.

Now, a local lawmaker has a solution.

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) filed Senate Bill 7 to keep teachers who get in trouble from getting jobs in other districts.

"We have to make sure that the adults that are hired by the state know that they are not supposed to prey on the kids at any time, and if they cross that line, they are going to get their certificate revoked, and they're done,” Bettencourt said.

The bill proposes revoking teaching certificates even if they get deferred adjudication. It would also expand reporting requirements not just to superintendents, but principals as well.

Recently, we’ve seen teacher misconduct cases in Houston I.S.D., Cy-Fair I.S.D., Klein I.S.D., Katy I.S.D. and Spring Branch I.S.D. The latest one we learned about this week. Alfredo Campos, 30, was arrested for having sex with a student in his car at Cypress Ridge High School.

Bettencourt says part of the problem is school districts not reporting cases to the Texas Education Agency. It is responsible for compiling all the data, which means there could be more cases out there than we know.

State lawmakers will convene in January for the start of the next legislative session.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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