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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.

SBEC sanctions teacher's certificate over contract abandonment

Jun 17, 2021

A complaint was filed with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that a teacher's certificate was subject to sanctions for contract…

Teachers in Dallas file grievance over appraisals

Jun 3, 2021

Several teachers in Dallas ISD filed a grievance regarding their appraisal. The district denied the grievances, claiming that they had not been filed…

Supreme Court weighs in on student's dismissal from law school

May 20, 2021

The Texas Supreme Court considered a lawsuit in which a university dismissed a law student for failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA. The issue in the case…

District violates law when reassigning principal to classroom

May 6, 2021

A principal filed a grievance, complaining about the district's decision to reassign her as a classroom teacher. The district's board of trustees…

Coach accused of improper relationships with gymnasts

Apr 23, 2021

A high school gymnastics coach was accused of having an improper relationship with a student, PV. The coach denied the allegation and wrote a…

Principal sues over nonrenewal of contract, alleging discrimination

Apr 8, 2021

A principal sued a school district after it voted to nonrenew her contract, alleging that the decision constituted discrimination against her based…

Parents claim district failed to provide free, appropriate education

Mar 25, 2021

Parents filed a due process complaint against their child's school district, alleging that the district failed to provide a Free and Appropriate…

SBEC sanctions teacher's certificate after she resigned without district's consent

Mar 11, 2021

A complaint was filed with the State Board of Educator Certification against a teacher, alleging that her teaching certificate was subject to…

Booster club parent files grievance against principal over negative comments

Feb 25, 2021

A parent filed a grievance against a principal, complaining that the principal made negative comments about her and demanded that she be removed as a…

Principal can't appeal termination to commissioner

Feb 11, 2021

A principal was employed on an at-will basis at a charter school. The principal was notified that the charter school was terminating her employment…