The vast number of public teachers and administrators are amazing men and women. They love what they do, despite getting 20 minute lunches and very little preparation time. They are the people you see correcting tests at the physical therapist's office, or while watching their child's dance recital. They bend over backwards to help a child who struggles to make it to school, who doesn't understand a concept, or who just needs someone to believe in them.
I have seen teachers place bowls of apples or carrots on their desk every day because they know that one of their students is not getting enough to eat at home. I have watched a vice principal sit on the school steps late into the night because one of my choir students had no parent to watch their performance, and no one coming to pick them up. Every day, our children are positively affected by teachers who bring honor to the profession.
It is not fair to these wonderful teachers to have an air of suspicion constantly hanging over their heads. It is time to restore an atmosphere of trust in our educational system. And the only way to do that is to have a set of boundaries that are faithfully maintained, far away from the cliff of tragedy. By getting rid of employees who cannot or will not follow the "Good Fence" policies of a district, parents and students can be assured that employees at their child's school are trustworthy and are living lives of transparency.