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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.

District seeks sanctions against teacher who resigned

Oct 5, 2023

A complaint was filed against a teacher with SBEC, alleging that the teacher's certification was subject to sanctions for contract abandonment.

Teacher sues district, claims termination was in retaliation for reporting misconduct

Jul 12, 2023

A teacher sued a school district, arguing that it retaliated against him when it made the decision to terminate his contract.

District seeks sanctions against teacher who resigned mid-year over health issue

Jun 8, 2023

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

Commissioner says school district improperly terminated teacher's contract

Feb 16, 2023

A district's board of trustees voted to propose the termination of the teacher's contract before the end of the school year. The teacher requested a…

Good cause to resign?

Apr 23, 2022

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

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 resignations for a promotion

Aug 6, 2021

Most teachers in Texas are employed by school districts under an employment contract that states that they may resign from the contract for the…

What Happens if I Resign Now?

Oct 8, 2020

The deadline to resign from a Chapter 21 contract has passed and educators are dealing with continuously changing patterns of COVID-19 risk, varying…

Asked to work over your summer break?

Dec 10, 2010

Can I be required to work in the summer? What if I refuse? Can I be fired? Can the district just add days to my contract?