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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.

Service member's wife sues after Texas denies certification as a counselor

Aug 10, 2023

A school counselor licensed in Ohio and Missouri filed a lawsuit after TEA denied her application for a school counselor certificate in Texas. She…

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 employees earn right to extra pay for payroll system upgrade

Jun 23, 2023

A district proposed termination of two employees after learning they both received extra pay while working to upgrade the district's payroll system.

Teacher sues district, claiming he wasn't given enough time to review contract

Mar 16, 2023

A teacher sued his employing school district, arguing that he had not been given sufficient time to review and sign his contract for the upcoming…

Commissioner says school district improperly terminated teacher's contract

Feb 16, 2023

A district's board of trustees voted to propose the termination of the teacher's contract before the end of the school year. The teacher requested a…

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…

What happens if Texas teachers strike?

May 8, 2018

Teachers and other educators in states like Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona are stepping out of the classroom in protest over salaries,…

Using school district email for personal communications

Sep 14, 2015

You are sitting at your desk during planning time and get an email from a college friend, inviting you to a baby shower that weekend. You hit “reply…

Information: Public Or Private?

May 11, 2011

School districts expect you to know the rules on accessing and using district and student information, and you should expect the same from your…