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Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Should there be limits on gift-giving to teachers?

(Michael Nagle - BLOOMBERG)
Janice D’Arcy blogged today about a new Alabama ethics ruling that specifically prohibits teachers from receiving many kinds of gifts. It’s an important question for families this time of year: Do you give gifts to your child’s teacher? If so, what do you give?

What are readers saying?

Here’s a look at some of the most recommended comments about the decision. Do you agree with these readers?

I don't see any potential for abuse except in rare cases. We shouldn't be making law for the exceptional case.
— agnesnitt1
Teachers don't want your gifts, anyway. Just pay them well to begin with, and parents, don't tell your kids that the teacher is wrong. She's usually not.
— HookedOnThePost
I think that gifts are typically the small bonuses teachers get for doing an awesome, sometimes, thankless job. I can understand moments of "awkward", but I believe teachers have a lot more integrity than to be swayed by small gifts. Set a reasonable upper limit on dollar value if you don't believe the same, beyond that I want the freedom to give them a gift card if I want (imagine each teacher getting 35 candle sets,chocolate boxes, etc because some idiot decided that's the only acceptable gift).
— SA12

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