It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Gifting for Your Child’s Teachers or Not - Page 2
For me, I spend hours upon hours asking the teachers what they need and trying to find ways to get that in their classroom because the state doesn’t automatically provide them with all the necessities. Now, I guess I have to worry as does the teachers that someone will find my assistance to be unethical. As with everything our government tends to do, there is a loophole if you will. Here’s how page 17 of that reads:
"One major inclusion in the revised Ethics Law is the exception for anything given through a friendly relationship. It must be an actual relationship and may not be a sham. Set out in the statute as one relevant factor is, did the friendship pre-exist the recipient’s status as a public employee or official. (17)"
What that says to me is that if I was friends with this teacher before they were a public figure, then I can purchase a gift for them. And, I say to you, as a woman who was raised by a teacher and who taught myself, I never met a teacher I didn’t already know to be good and ethical. That means I can continue my gift giving and not worry about these silly bits of noise that keeps permeating my air.