Honorable Dan Huberty, Chair, House Committee on Public Education
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB3769 by King, Ken (Relating to improper relationships between educators and students; creating a criminal offense and expanding the applicability of an existing offense.), As Introduced
The bill would amend the Penal Code to expand the prohibition on improper employee and student relationships for any school employee serving in a capacity that requires a license, regardless of whether the employee holds that license. The bill would expand the offense to include any employee engaging in an improper relationship with a student who the employee knows is enrolled in any public or private primary or secondary school, or with any student participant in an educational activity sponsored by a school district or public or private primary school or secondary school. The bill would create an offense for failing to report certain misconduct by educators which under certain circumstances would be punishable as state jail felony.
The bill would amend the Education Code to expand the requirements to report certain information regarding misconduct for principals, superintendents, and district directors and impose criminal offenses on those individuals for failing to comply with the reporting requirements.
The bill would amend the Education Code to require instruction to prevent and recognize improper educator-student relationships as an additional element of continuing education for educators and principals.
The bill would amend the Education Code to authorize the Commissioner of Education to conduct special accreditation investigations when a school district fails to produce, upon request, evidence or an investigation report relating to an educator who is under investigation by the State Board for Educator Certification.
This analysis assumes the provisions of the bill addressing felony sanctions for criminal offenses would not result in a significant impact on state correctional agencies. The Texas Education Agency, Office of Court Administration, and Office of the Attorney General estimates there would be minimal cost associated with implementing the provisions of the bill.
The bill would require school districts to adopt policies concerning electronic communications between school employees and students, including policies designed to prevent improper electronic communications between school employees and students. The bill expands the reporting requirements related to educator misconduct.
School districts and charter schools may incur costs associated with modifying existing policies to comply with the provisions of the bill. School districts and charter schools may also incur some legal costs associated with interpreting and applying the reporting requirements associated with the bill. However, this analysis assumes these costs are not expected to be significant.
212 Office of Court Administration, Texas Judicial Council, 696 Department of Criminal Justice, 701 Texas Education Agency, 302 Office of the Attorney General
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