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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 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.

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…