Inappropriate teacher-student relationships in Texas at all-time high

Channel 2 Investigates reviewed dozens of cases of teacher misconduct

HOUSTON – The stories grab headlines and attention, whether it's the middle school teacher who gave a lap dance to a 15-year-old or the teacher at that same middle school who a few years later was impregnated by one of her students.

But the problem is not isolated to one campus or one district. It is a statewide concern, according to the Texas Education Agency.

State investigations into inappropriate teacher-student relationships are at an all-time high, with 207 cases opened in just the last 11 months. That number is way up from the 188 cases in all of the last school year.

The agency's director of investigations believes the actual number of relationships going on could be much higher.

"We believe there are unreported teacher-student relationships," said Doug Phillips, a former police officer who now oversees all teacher investigations at the agency.

According to Phillips, schools can make secret deals with teachers to keep the information out of the press.

"We know it's occurred where they have agreed not to report to us, if (the teachers) resign," he said.

The records kept by the state of where the incidents are happening are not broken down by district, campus or even type of school.