A recent article about gifts received by teachers has created a concern that a State Board of Education rule would prohibit such gift giving. Parents — please do not hesitate to give your child's teacher an appropriate Christmas gift. The language in the rule is only to prohibit any kind of inappropriate gift giving that could hurt a teacher or a student.

Our teachers are so important and should be given the respect and gratitude they so greatly deserve.

Debra Roberts

State Board of Education