Click forward to see Texas educators accused or convicted in sex scandals during the 2015-16 school year.
less Over the past five years, the TEA opened investigations into nearly 900 inappropriate relationships between teachers and students.
Sharp," Walsh wrote in an email to the Weekly on Sept. Walsh added in an email this week that Sharp was told on Jun 11 by both Graff and Young that it was then a closed matter.
But what Sharp couldn't have known that day was that the district's other primary law firm, Lozano Smith, would within weeks arrive at the opposite conclusion from Graff and issue Sharp a stinging disciplinary letter.
Click here for a digital-only subscription to the Ralston Recorder. You will be notified in advance of any price increases.
For nine months, a 17-year-old Palmetto Senior High student carried on a relationship with her music teacher as if they were dating.
The investigation led a Lockhart detective to a 17-year-old male student, who had been in contact in person and by message with Fowlkes. less Sarah Fowlkes Lockhart High School According to the police department, officers received a report March 10 from a school administrator at Lockhart High School about a possible inappropriate relationship between a ...
more According to the Trophy Club Police Department, Katherine Ruth Harper, 27, met the student while at a local middle school as a 7th-grade English teacher, cheerleading coach and tennis coach.
If you prefer to read your hometown newspaper electronically, then you will want to sign up for the Ralston Recorder Digital offer.
Sharp, a well-respected and experienced teacher at Palo Alto High School, has been the victim of false rumors and accusations.
Baseless accusations of a former student's ex-boyfriend led to an unnecessary investigation, which then exonerated Mr.
The district's "Notice of Unprofessional Conduct," dated July 21 and signed by Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Scott Bowers, stated that it was more likely than not that Sharp engaged in "grooming" activities with the student that "facilitated the consummation of a sexual relationship soon after graduation." "The evidence leads us to conclude," the two-page notice said, "that the allegations have greater credibility than your denial." "You have failed to meet your obligations to provide students with a safe educational environment and have exploited your position of power to establish the basis for a sexual/romantic relationship with a former student.
Moreover, your behavior may have created a hostile environment for this and other students, negatively impacting students and may constitute a violation of the District's prohibition of sexual harassment." The letter went on to direct Sharp to cease the conduct and comply with five "directives," including behaving professionally, maintaining a professional distance when interacting with students, not meeting female students off campus, limiting meetings with female students on campus to visible settings and not engaging in inappropriate relationships with students and/or former students.