And yet, there is almost always something off about our interactions.It’s never the same as it once was, back in the classroom. There have been notable exceptions, but those are few and, somewhere along the way, I learned that, for the most part, teacher-student relationships have a shelf life.
The legislation was prompted by the high-profile case of a 41-year-old Modesto teacher who left his wife and three children to move in with an 18 year-old student.
The two appeared on national talk shows this year and maintained they didn’t have a sexual relationship until she turned 18.
Hooker was arrested this month on suspicion of sexually abusing a different student more than a decade ago. He and Powers broke up after the allegation surfaced.
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.