Until today, it was not illegal for high school teachers to have consensual sex with their students, as long as the students were 16 or older. That policy changed today. It is still not a crime; but the new legislation will mandate that the district fire any high school teacher (I assume it also applies to middle school) having relationships with students. Apparently, what led to the new rules was that a teacher had impregnated a student above the age of consent (aged 16) and was unable to be fired.
My first thought, when I read this, was that I always thought it was illegal for teachers or professors to have sex with students. What was I thinking? Secondly, DC has had a ton of troubles finding teachers for decades. Shouldn’t they have been advertising their policy? I’m pretty sure it would have increased the number of applicants, although the applicant pool may have gotten murky.