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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.

Board terminates teacher's contract mid-year for failure to perform duties

May 16, 2024

A school district board of trustees voted to propose the mid-year termination of a teacher's contract after the teacher failed to follow attendance…

District seeks sanctions against teacher who resigned from contract

May 2, 2024

A teacher requested a hearing after her district filed a complaint seeking sanctions on her teaching certificate for contract abandonment.

Teacher seeks hearing after complaint to SBEC over contract abandonment

Mar 21, 2024

A school district filed a complaint with SBEC, alleging that a teacher's certificate was subject to sanctions because she abandoned her contract.

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…