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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 sues charter school for breach of contract

Jul 11, 2024

A teacher employed at a charter school sued after his employment was terminated for use of excessive force.

Student inmate assaults teacher then appeals his conviction

Feb 8, 2024

A literacy teacher was giving classes to inmates in a prison when she was assaulted by one of her students.

Parent sues after school resource officer tases her son

Sep 7, 2023

A parent filed a lawsuit after a school resource officer tased her son while attempting to prevent him from exiting the school building.

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.

Secretary sues district, claims it violated Texas Whistleblower Act

May 26, 2023

A school secretary sued her employer school district, alleging that it violated the Texas Whistleblower Act.

Registered sex offender arrested after entering school grounds

Dec 15, 2022

A registered sex offender was arrested and charged with failure to comply with his registration requirements by knowingly entering school grounds…

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.

Complaint alleges teacher provided inappropriate assistance to students during STAAR tests

Oct 1, 2021

A complaint was filed with SBEC, alleging that a teacher's certification was subject to sanctions because the teacher had provided prohibited…

Parent holding toy gun at school charged with resisting arrest

May 21, 2020

A parent was detained and charged with resisting arrest based on his conduct while visiting his daughter's school for an awards ceremony. The parent…