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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.

Teacher sues, claiming administrators forced her resignation over nude photos

Apr 28, 2023

A veteran teacher filed a lawsuit against her principal and two HR employees, alleging they forced her to resign under duress and false pretenses.

SBEC sanctions principal's certification over alleged threat against teachers

Apr 13, 2023

A complaint was filed against a principal with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that his certification should be sanctioned…

Supreme Court says student can sue district for ADA violations

Mar 31, 2023

The U.S. States Supreme Court has ruled that a special education student is not limited to a due process complaint under IDEA and can sue a school…

Teacher sues district, claiming he wasn't given enough time to review contract

Mar 16, 2023

A teacher sued his employing school district, arguing that he had not been given sufficient time to review and sign his contract for the upcoming…

Teacher sues school after termination, alleging discrimination and retaliation

Mar 2, 2023

A charter school teacher fired after an investigation into misconduct sued the school, claiming discrimination and that the termination was in…

Commissioner says school district improperly terminated teacher's contract

Feb 16, 2023

A district's board of trustees voted to propose the termination of the teacher's contract before the end of the school year. The teacher requested a…

Teacher fired over tweets sues, citing right to free speech

Feb 3, 2023

A teacher was placed on administrative leave and later fired after publicly posted tweets about illegal immigration that were directed to…

White student sues district, claiming race-based harassment over political beliefs

Jan 19, 2023

A white high school student sued his school district, alleging that he was subject to race-based harassment. A district court dismissed the lawsuit…

Registered sex offender arrested after entering school grounds

Dec 15, 2022

A registered sex offender was arrested and charged with failure to comply with his registration requirements by knowingly entering school grounds…

Commissioner orders district to pay teacher who resigned

Dec 1, 2022

A teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay after a student recorded her making inappropriate comments about other students. Weeks later,…