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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.

Governor's order regarding transgender students puts educators in a difficult spot

Mar 3, 2022

Gov. Abbott has directed DFPS to investigate sex-reassignment and puberty-blocking treatments as suspected child abuse, which puts teachers in a…

Student accused of murder asks court to dismiss statement

Mar 3, 2022

A seventh grader accused of murder asked a judge to dismiss his statement to police, claiming that he was not read his rights.

Student sues administrator, school district over response to alleged sexual assault

Feb 17, 2022

A female student sued the school district and an assistant principal, alleging that they failed to adequately investigate and discipline a male…

Parent files complaint after 5-year-old wanders away from after-school program

Feb 3, 2022

A complaint of negligent supervision was filed against an employee of an after-school program after a 5-year-old wandered away from the building.

Evidence supports teacher's resignation for good cause

Jan 20, 2022

At a hearing, an administrative law judge determined that a teacher had good cause to resign from her contract.

Understanding student discipline laws

Dec 17, 2021

Student behavior is a growing problem, and TCTA attorneys say it has never been this difficult for members to get effective administrative help with…

Parent sues, claims district failed to accommodate student's learning disabilities

Dec 2, 2021

A parent of an 11th grader sued a school district, alleging that it failed to identify and accommodate the student's disabilities.

Court sides with parents of students with disabilities in lawsuit over masks in schools

Nov 18, 2021

A district court ruled that GA-38 conflicts with the ADA and Section 504 because it excludes disabled children from participating in and denies them…

Superintendent sued over fundraising dispute

Nov 4, 2021

A school superintendent was sued following a dispute over fundraising efforts to purchase animals at a FFA auction. He requested that the lawsuit be…

Teacher faces sanctions for bringing gun on campus

Oct 14, 2021

A complaint was filed with SBEC alleging that a teacher's certification was subject to sanctions for carrying a firearm on school grounds.