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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.

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,…

Fired teacher files lawsuit against charter school, principal alleging discrimination

Oct 21, 2022

After his termination, a teacher filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging that he had been…

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.