State Education board addresses teacher student relationships

Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) Alaska teachers can no longer flirt, take part in sexting or inappropriately touch a student after changes to the state's code of ethics for educators.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reported that the changes are part of a code of ethics overhaul that began in 2016.

Other changes being reviewed are a prohibition of teachers becoming romantically involved with a student until one year after they graduate. Another proposal would prohibit teachers from providing students any marijuana product.

The state's code of ethics hasn't been updated since 2005.  The first reforms went into effect in September.  They broaden what is considered sexual misconduct, expanded anti-discrimination policy, and added student teachers to those employees in the state who work under the code of ethics.


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