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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.

Student sues district, claims it failed to respond to racial discrimination

Oct 6, 2022

A student filed suit against a school district in federal court, alleging that the district failed to respond appropriately to incidents of racial…

Parents file complaints against districts over special education evaluation

Sep 22, 2022

Parents filed due process complaints against Houston and Pearland ISDs in June 2017, arguing that the districts failed to evaluate their child for…

Eighth grader sues district over its response to harassment claims

Sep 8, 2022

An eighth grader sued her school district, alleging it failed to train staff members and address complaints of reported peer harassment based on race…

Student sues when her class rank drops after school consolidation

Aug 25, 2022

A student sued after her class rank dropped from second to third when her high school was consolidated with another school.

Teacher files lawsuit over termination after use of force on student

Aug 11, 2022

A kindergarten teacher involved in a physical altercation with a student was suspended from her teaching duties and reassigned to another position…

Teacher accused of misconduct challenges suspension without pay

Jul 28, 2022

A teacher accused of inappropriate conduct with a student requested a hearing regarding his suspension without pay.

Supreme Court ruling supports coach who prays on field after games

Jul 15, 2022

A high school football coach sued his school district regarding his right to pray at games.

Supreme Court rules Maine cannot exclude religious schools from tuition aid

Jun 23, 2022

The Supreme Court says Maine violated the Constitution when it refused to make public funding available for students to attend religious schools.

Parents file suit in dispute over special education services

Jun 9, 2022

A child's parents filed a lawsuit following a dispute with their son's school district over special education services.

Company sues school district for trademark infringement

May 27, 2022

A company sued a school district for trademark infringement, claiming its "million-word" reading program contained identical requirements to the…