Laws about dating teachers
Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, who sponsored the bill, accused committee members of siding with predators.“The committee today stood up for predators and union bosses instead of students,” Olsen said in a phone interview.
She said at the time that she was uncomfortable with the idea of criminalizing sexual acts between two consenting adults.According to an admittedly unscientific survey by Houston PR firm Drive West Communications, Texas has the most incidents of illegal teacher-student sex of any state in the nation.(Alabama is head of the class for this dishonor on a per capita basis.) Drive West, helmed by Terry Abbott, a former Houston Independent School District press secretary and later U. Department of Education chief of staff, found that were 179 such Texas incidents last year, up 27 percent from three years before.“I feel differently about seventeen-year-olds than I do about eighteen-year-olds,” Giddings said at the time.“I don’t necessarily believe the penalty for the two should necessarily be the same.” Her fellow legislators disagreed.