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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.

Company sues school district for trademark infringement

May 27, 2022

A company sued a school district for trademark infringement, claiming its "million-word" reading program contained identical requirements to the…

Parent sues district over child's special education placement

May 12, 2022

The parent of an elementary school student sued a school district, alleging that the district failed to provide appropriate special education…

Student sues, claims school police officer violated his rights during arrest

Apr 28, 2022

A student sued a police officer, alleging that the officer violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

Good cause to resign?

Apr 23, 2022

Recent rule changes give SBEC flexibility when issuing sanctions against educators for contract abandonment.

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…

Employee accuses former employer of discrimination

Mar 31, 2022

An employee sued his former employer, alleging that the employer discriminated against him on the basis of race and religion and subjected him to a…

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…

Governor's order regarding transgender students puts educators in a difficult spot

Mar 3, 2022

Gov. Abbott has directed DFPS to investigate sex-reassignment and puberty-blocking treatments as suspected child abuse, which puts teachers in a…

Student accused of murder asks court to dismiss statement

Mar 3, 2022

A seventh grader accused of murder asked a judge to dismiss his statement to police, claiming that he was not read his rights.