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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 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…

Court denies unemployment to teacher discharged for misconduct

Jan 28, 2021

A teacher filed for unemployment benefits after his probationary contract with his school district was terminated at the end of its term. His…

Paraprofessional sues district, claims dismissal was in retaliation for complaint

Jan 14, 2021

A paraprofessional sued a school district after his contract was terminated, alleging that the district had discriminated against him based on sex…

Parents file suit over treatment of child in special education

Dec 11, 2020

Parents sued a school district following an incident with their child. At the time of the incident, the child was 10 and diagnosed with autism…

Teacher sues administrators, claims she was coerced into resigning

Nov 19, 2020

A teacher sued her campus principal and two assistant superintendents for attempting to coerce her into resigning from the district.

Student caught with drugs asks court to toss evidence

Nov 5, 2020

A student was arrested and charged with delinquent conduct for possession of a controlled substance on school property. The student requested that…

Paraprofessional files grievance over job change

Oct 22, 2020

A paraprofessional filed a grievance with her school district after her position as an office manager in the Food Services division was targeted for…

Firefighter claims First Amendment protects social media post

Oct 8, 2020

A firefighter sued the Houston Fire Department after he was transferred and suspended as the result of a post he made on social media. The post was…