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Texas just made it easier to punish students who harass teachers. Will the law be misused?

The change has re-upped a perennial debate over how to help teachers manage aggressive or violent student behavior — without increasing the chances that the state's most disadvantaged kids will be disciplined and then drop out.

Students crowd the hallway after the last bell rings at Liberty High School in Frisco.

“If a student says 'F you' to a teacher, do we really think they intended to solicit to commit a sex act? Or were they just using that phrase in the more common, colloquial way to mean, 'I don't really respect you in this moment'?”

— Sarah Orman, senior attorney for the Texas Association of School Boards

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