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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 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…

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…

Teacher claims unlawful termination after reporting misconduct

Sep 10, 2020

A teacher filed a lawsuit against his former school district, alleging that he had been unlawfully terminated as retaliation for reporting…

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…

Teacher reprimanded after student leaves group during field trip

Feb 28, 2020

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

Teacher's contract terminated over communications with former student

Feb 14, 2020

A teacher’s contract was proposed for termination based on alleged inappropriate communications with a student. The teacher requested a hearing…