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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.

Commissioner orders district to pay teacher who resigned

Dec 1, 2022

A teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay after a student recorded her making inappropriate comments about other students. Weeks later,…

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…

Teacher accused of misconduct challenges suspension without pay

Jul 28, 2022

A teacher accused of inappropriate conduct with a student requested a hearing regarding his suspension without pay.

SBEC sanctions teacher over inappropriate texts with student

Apr 14, 2022

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

District employee appeals convictions for improper relationship with a student

Mar 17, 2022

A school employee appealed his convictions of sexual assault of a child, improper relationship between an educator and a student and tampering with…

Parent files complaint after 5-year-old wanders away from after-school program

Feb 3, 2022

A complaint of negligent supervision was filed against an employee of an after-school program after a 5-year-old wandered away from the building.

Teacher gets four years in prison for improper relationship with student

Aug 27, 2021

A Texas teacher was indicted for the offense of improper relationship between an educator and a student. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to…

Coach accused of improper relationships with gymnasts

Apr 23, 2021

A high school gymnastics coach was accused of having an improper relationship with a student, PV. The coach denied the allegation and wrote a…

Principal sues over nonrenewal of contract, alleging discrimination

Apr 8, 2021

A principal sued a school district after it voted to nonrenew her contract, alleging that the decision constituted discrimination against her based…

Booster club parent files grievance against principal over negative comments

Feb 25, 2021

A parent filed a grievance against a principal, complaining that the principal made negative comments about her and demanded that she be removed as a…