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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 administrators, claims she was coerced into resigning

Nov 19, 2020

A teacher sued her campus principal and two assistant superintendents for attempting to coerce her into resigning from the district.

Student caught with drugs asks court to toss evidence

Nov 5, 2020

A student was arrested and charged with delinquent conduct for possession of a controlled substance on school property. The student requested that…

Paraprofessional files grievance over job change

Oct 22, 2020

A paraprofessional filed a grievance with her school district after her position as an office manager in the Food Services division was targeted for…

Firefighter claims First Amendment protects social media post

Oct 8, 2020

A firefighter sued the Houston Fire Department after he was transferred and suspended as the result of a post he made on social media. The post was…

What Happens if I Resign Now?

Oct 8, 2020

The deadline to resign from a Chapter 21 contract has passed and educators are dealing with continuously changing patterns of COVID-19 risk, varying…

Courts dismiss 7th grader's suit over sexual harassment

Sep 23, 2020

A seventh grader sued her school district, claiming that it had failed to protect her from sexual harassment from other students. The student claimed…

Teacher claims unlawful termination after reporting misconduct

Sep 10, 2020

A teacher filed a lawsuit against his former school district, alleging that he had been unlawfully terminated as retaliation for reporting…

Student files lawsuit over school's hair-length policy

Aug 27, 2020

A student filed a lawsuit against his school district, alleging that its policy regarding hair-length was racially discriminatory. The student is…

Counselor seeks hearing to contest sanctions on her certification

Aug 13, 2020

A complaint was filed with the State Board for Educator Certification against a counselor who resigned from the district. The district claimed that…

Cautions regarding remote instruction

Aug 1, 2020

Educators setting up online learning programs for students should consider these precautions.