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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.

Teacher invokes disability in appeal after district terminates his contract

Sep 16, 2021

A teacher's contract was terminated by his school district. The teacher filed an appeal to the commissioner of education, arguing that the…

Registrar sues former district, citing discrimination over disability

Aug 12, 2021

A registrar sued her former school district, arguing that it had failed to provide reasonable accommodations to her and discriminated against her…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.