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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.

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.

Parent sues after school resource officer tases her son

Sep 7, 2023

A parent filed a lawsuit after a school resource officer tased her son while attempting to prevent him from exiting the school building.

Athletic director files lawsuit after reassignment to teaching role

Aug 24, 2023

An athletic director filed a grievance to challenge his school district's decision to reassign him to a teaching position.

Service member's wife sues after Texas denies certification as a counselor

Aug 10, 2023

A school counselor licensed in Ohio and Missouri filed a lawsuit after TEA denied her application for a school counselor certificate in Texas. She…

SBEC revokes teacher's certification over misconduct with a student

Jul 27, 2023

A complaint was filed against a seventh grade teacher with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that the teacher's certificate should…

Teacher sues district, claims termination was in retaliation for reporting misconduct

Jul 12, 2023

A teacher sued a school district, arguing that it retaliated against him when it made the decision to terminate his contract.

District employees earn right to extra pay for payroll system upgrade

Jun 23, 2023

A district proposed termination of two employees after learning they both received extra pay while working to upgrade the district's payroll system.

District seeks sanctions against teacher who resigned mid-year over health issue

Jun 8, 2023

A school district filed a complaint against a teacher with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that the teacher's certificate should…

Secretary sues district, claims it violated Texas Whistleblower Act

May 26, 2023

A school secretary sued her employer school district, alleging that it violated the Texas Whistleblower Act.

District terminates teacher's contract over FERPA violation

May 11, 2023

A district proposed terminating a teacher's contract after she allegedly violated district policy and FERPA.