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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.

Good cause to resign?

Apr 23, 2022

Recent rule changes give SBEC flexibility when issuing sanctions against educators for contract abandonment.

SBEC sanctions teacher over inappropriate texts with student

Apr 14, 2022

A complaint was filed against a teacher with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that the teacher's certificate should be sanctioned…

Employee accuses former employer of discrimination

Mar 31, 2022

An employee sued his former employer, alleging that the employer discriminated against him on the basis of race and religion and subjected him to a…

District employee appeals convictions for improper relationship with a student

Mar 17, 2022

A school employee appealed his convictions of sexual assault of a child, improper relationship between an educator and a student and tampering with…

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.