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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.

Student sues, claims teacher retaliated after she refused to say, write Pledge of Allegiance

Jul 29, 2021

A student sued her former sociology teacher, alleging that he violated her First Amendment rights by attempting to compel her to write the Pledge of…

Supreme Court backs cheerleader's right to free speech

Jul 1, 2021

A cheerleader failed to make the varsity cheer squad. While visiting a local convenience store over the weekend, she posted two images on Snapchat.…

Firefighter claims First Amendment protects social media post

Oct 8, 2020

A firefighter sued the Houston Fire Department after he was transferred and suspended as the result of a post he made on social media. The post was…

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…