(Michael Nagle/BLOOMBERG)

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