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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.

Mother files suit after students are moved to lower grade

Jun 18, 2020

Two Egyptian nationals who immigrated to the United States with their mother enrolled in school and began attending the third grade. Approximately…

Teacher requests hearing over sanctions to his certification

Jun 4, 2020

A complaint was filed against a teacher, alleging that his teaching certificate was subject to sanctions based on his conduct toward another teacher.…

Parent holding toy gun at school charged with resisting arrest

May 21, 2020

A parent was detained and charged with resisting arrest based on his conduct while visiting his daughter's school for an awards ceremony. The parent…

Teacher files grievance over reassignment, lower salary

May 7, 2020

A teacher filed a grievance with a school district, arguing that his reassignment from athletic director to DAEP teacher constituted an illegal…

Teacher's contract terminated over excessive use of force

Apr 23, 2020

A school district proposed the termination of a teacher's contract for excessive use of force with students. The teacher requested a hearing…

Teacher sues district over mold in classrooms

Apr 9, 2020

A teacher filed a lawsuit against her former school district, alleging that mold was present in her classrooms and that the mold adversely affected…

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…