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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.

Court backs school in search that finds a student with a gun

Mar 13, 2020

A student was arrested and charged with delinquent conduct after he was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm at school. At trial, he argued…

Teacher reprimanded after student leaves group during field trip

Feb 28, 2020

A complaint was filed against a teacher with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that the teacher’s certification was subject to…

Teacher's contract terminated over communications with former student

Feb 14, 2020

A teacher’s contract was proposed for termination based on alleged inappropriate communications with a student. The teacher requested a hearing…

District sues charter school over request for student information

Jan 31, 2020

A school district sent a request for public information to a charter school, asking for information about student applicants, including name, grade,…

Teacher sues district, claiming discrimination

Jan 17, 2020

A teacher sued her school district, claiming that it discriminated against her and retaliated when she complained about the discrimination. The…

What happens if Texas teachers strike?

May 8, 2018

Teachers and other educators in states like Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona are stepping out of the classroom in protest over salaries,…

Using school district email for personal communications

Sep 14, 2015

You are sitting at your desk during planning time and get an email from a college friend, inviting you to a baby shower that weekend. You hit “reply…

Information: Public Or Private?

May 11, 2011

School districts expect you to know the rules on accessing and using district and student information, and you should expect the same from your…

Asked to work over your summer break?

Dec 10, 2010

Can I be required to work in the summer? What if I refuse? Can I be fired? Can the district just add days to my contract?

Counselors making the right call

Dec 10, 2010

School counselors and other Texas educators are routinely confronted with issues involving the confidentiality of student records and related…