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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.

Eighth grader sues district over its response to harassment claims

Sep 8, 2022

An eighth grader sued her school district, alleging it failed to train staff members and address complaints of reported peer harassment based on race…

Teacher files lawsuit over termination after use of force on student

Aug 11, 2022

A kindergarten teacher involved in a physical altercation with a student was suspended from her teaching duties and reassigned to another position…

Student sues, claims school police officer violated his rights during arrest

Apr 28, 2022

A student sued a police officer, alleging that the officer violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

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.

Understanding student discipline laws

Dec 17, 2021

Student behavior is a growing problem, and TCTA attorneys say it has never been this difficult for members to get effective administrative help with…

Teacher faces sanctions for bringing gun on campus

Oct 14, 2021

A complaint was filed with SBEC alleging that a teacher's certification was subject to sanctions for carrying a firearm on school grounds.

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…

Teacher requests hearing after complaint about restraining student

Jul 30, 2020

A complaint was filed with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that a teacher’s certification was subject to sanctions because she…

Teacher's contract terminated over excessive use of force

Apr 23, 2020

A school district proposed the termination of a teacher's contract for excessive use of force with students. The teacher requested a hearing…

Court backs school in search that finds a student with a gun

Mar 13, 2020

A student was arrested and charged with delinquent conduct after he was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm at school. At trial, he argued…