Case law teachers dating students
SACRAMENTO — California lawmakers Tuesday rejected a bill that would have made it a felony for teachers to date their students.
The legislation was prompted by the high-profile case of a 41-year-old Modesto teacher who left his wife and three children to move in with an 18 year-old student.
The California Federation of Teachers and American Civil Liberties Union opposed the bill, and several committee members said the bill was an overreaction to an isolated case.
“When there’s an individual case like this that attracts attention, the visceral takes over,” said committee chairman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco.
She told ITV's Tonight programme the law was wrong because a teacher could legally enter a relationship with a sixth former at another school.
Child protection professionals have criticised her comments.
But Miss Keates said the abuse of trust law had gone too far in cases where the relationship started after a pupil had reached the age of consent.Ammiano called the bill “not fully baked” and suggested it might violate the rights of consenting adults.Olsen said at least 16 other states have passed similar laws. Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, objected to targeting the pensions of a single group of public employees.The Appellate Division found that an official role, such as being a public school teacher, imposes certain inherent duties."Teachers stand as surrogate parents during the day (and should be) educating, not endangering, and protecting, not exploiting vulnerable children," the appellate judges wrote in deciding the prosecutor had met his burden in charging official misconduct.
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, who sponsored the bill, accused committee members of siding with predators.