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Sexual misconduct case against teacher bogged down by definition of “student”

Reinstating the discipline of a teacher who admitted to having sex with an 18-year-old high school student, the Court of Appeals of Texas, Austin, reversed a trial court and held February 25 that the state Board for Educator Certification had legal authority to revoke the teacher's certificate based on the facts and evidence (State Board for Educator Certification v. Lange, 2016 WL 785538).

The teacher, Robert Lange, argued that the term "student" in the prohibition of the Educators' Code of Ethics against educator-student "sexual conduct" was undefined. Lange, who was acquainted with the student . . .

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