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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.

Rejected school resource officer applicant sues, alleges racial discrimination

Jun 6, 2024

A rejected school resource officer applicant filed a lawsuit, alleging that a school district failed to hire him based on his race.

Board terminates teacher's contract mid-year for failure to perform duties

May 16, 2024

A school district board of trustees voted to propose the mid-year termination of a teacher's contract after the teacher failed to follow attendance…

District seeks sanctions against teacher who resigned from contract

May 2, 2024

A teacher requested a hearing after her district filed a complaint seeking sanctions on her teaching certificate for contract abandonment.

Student sues district for discrimination under Title IX

Apr 18, 2024

A student sued a school district for sex discrimination under Title IX after she was injured during cheerleading practice.

Ruling may affect whether teachers must report gender-affirming care as child abuse

Apr 4, 2024

PFLAG filed a lawsuit against TDFPS challenging whether it could investigate parents for child abuse for providing gender-affirming medical care.

Teacher seeks hearing after complaint to SBEC over contract abandonment

Mar 21, 2024

A school district filed a complaint with SBEC, alleging that a teacher's certificate was subject to sanctions because she abandoned her contract.

Parent sues under IDEA after child brings weapon to school

Mar 7, 2024

A parent sued a school district under IDEA on behalf of her child, a 13-year-old seventh grader with special needs, after the student was placed in a…

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.