Starting in August, a public school teacher may legally receive a gift valued up to $25 from a student. Act 172 was signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal last week. Gonzales Rep. John Berthelot says currently public servants are prohibited from getting gifts from those they serve but he thought this would be a fair exception.
"We're talking about $25 per occurrence maximum of three," said Berthelot.
Berthelot says a student could give a $25 gift to their teacher up to three times a year. Possibly once for Christmas, for his or her birthday or for teacher appreciation day.
He says teachers are very deserving of getting gifts from the students teach.
"There wasn't anything wrong for us who came through school to bring our teacher a small gift to let her know you appreciated the job she was doing," said Berthelot. "Now they are allowed to receive those gifts and not be in violation of ethics."
He says there shouldn't be anything wrong with getting your teacher a box of chocolates or a small gift card to show your appreciation.
"I"m very appreciative of all the teachers that I've had and thank all of them to this day for the," said Berthelot. "I think us allowed them to be able to receive it is our way of saying thank you."