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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.

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 terminates teacher's contract after she slapped a student who spit in her face

Feb 22, 2024

A school district board of trustees proposed the termination of a teacher's contract after she slapped a student.

Coach appeals after conviction for indecency with a child, other charges

Oct 19, 2023

A coach at a private school appealed his conviction on multiple counts of indecency with a child, online solicitation of a minor and inappropriate…

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.

SBEC revokes teacher's certification over misconduct with a student

Jul 27, 2023

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

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 terminates teacher's contract over FERPA violation

May 11, 2023

A district proposed terminating a teacher's contract after she allegedly violated district policy and FERPA.

Teacher sues, claiming administrators forced her resignation over nude photos

Apr 28, 2023

A veteran teacher filed a lawsuit against her principal and two HR employees, alleging they forced her to resign under duress and false pretenses.

SBEC sanctions principal's certification over alleged threat against teachers

Apr 13, 2023

A complaint was filed against a principal with the State Board for Educator Certification, alleging that his certification should be sanctioned…

Teacher sues school after termination, alleging discrimination and retaliation

Mar 2, 2023

A charter school teacher fired after an investigation into misconduct sued the school, claiming discrimination and that the termination was in…