Sen. Cam Ward’s bill would require at least one hour of training a year on sexual or romantic contact with students and other topics.
A bill approved by an Alabama Senate committee would require teachers to receive an hour of training a year on sexual relations and other inappropriate relations with students.
The Education Policy Committee approved the bill by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, the Decatur Daily reported.
The Educator-Student Interaction Training Act would require training on sexual or romantic contact, social media interactions, interactions outside the classroom and the use of corporal punishment and physical restraints in classrooms.
The bill cites increasing reports of inappropriate relations between teachers and students, both in person and through social media.
The bill would require the state superintendent, the School Superintendents of Alabama and the Alabama Education Association to develop the training program.