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Legal Updates

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Issues related to public school employment and students sometimes must be resolved above the campus or district levels. Some cases go to the Texas commissioner of education or State Board for Educator Certification; others are decided by the courts. TCTA reports on cases of interest in our emailed eUpdate newsletter. You'll also find those reports below.

District terminates teacher's contract after she slapped a student who spit in her face

Feb 22, 2024

A school district board of trustees proposed the termination of a teacher's contract after she slapped a student.

Student inmate assaults teacher then appeals his conviction

Feb 8, 2024

A literacy teacher was giving classes to inmates in a prison when she was assaulted by one of her students.

Teacher sues city after fall at convocation

Jan 25, 2024

A teacher sued a city after she fell and injured herself during convocation.

School board members sue district over request for records

Jan 11, 2024

Two school board members filed a lawsuit against a school district, alleging that the district failed to provide documents and information to theā€¦

Student sues, claims district failed to accommodate special needs in IEP

Nov 30, 2023

A student sued a school district, alleging that it failed to accommodate her disabilities under the ADA.

Commissioner says parents can remove child from accelerated instruction

Nov 17, 2023

Parents filed a grievance with a school district, arguing that they had the right to remove their child from accelerated instruction.

Parent files complaint over denied transfer request

Nov 2, 2023

A parent filed a complaint at TEA alleging that a school district violated the law by denying her request to transfer her child to a different campus.

Coach appeals after conviction for indecency with a child, other charges

Oct 19, 2023

A coach at a private school appealed his conviction on multiple counts of indecency with a child, online solicitation of a minor and inappropriateā€¦

District seeks sanctions against teacher who resigned

Oct 5, 2023

A complaint was filed against a teacher with SBEC, alleging that the teacher's certification was subject to sanctions for contract abandonment.

Booksellers win injunction against ratings for school libraries

Sep 21, 2023

HB 900, which was to go into effect on Sept. 1, is on hold pending the outcome of a lawsuit.