Legal Digest Newsletter Archives

A PERSONAL NOTE, AND A BIT OF HISTORY….

The TSALD has been a fundamental building block of my career for over three decades.  The Digest is the home of my alter egos—the Law Dawg and ARD Man.  I have been privileged to write for this publication, and eventually to edit it and then to own it.  But the time has come for change, [...]

LAW DAWG

DEAR DAWG: Our new superintendent fancies himself the type of hard charging CEO who could end up on the cover of Fortune magazine. He thinks our school should run more like a business and that educators lack the type of discipline and work ethic that it takes to succeed in “the real world.” Here is [...]

THE PUBLIC SCHOOL AS A COMMUNITY

This is the final issue of the Texas School Administrators’ Legal Digest, a publication that has served the Texas school community since 1984. It has been our mission to provide timely, relevant and accurate information to Texas educators about the legal issues that they confront on a daily basis. TSALD and its parent, Park Place [...]

GOVERNANCE

Charter District Bonds ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSIDERS EDUCATION CODE PROVISION LIMITING CHARTER DISTRICT BOND GUARANTEES Case citation: Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. KP-0005 (Feb. 27, 2015). Summary: The Commissioner of Education asked the Attorney General whether Texas Education Code § 45.0532 should be construed as a limit on each separate issuance of charter district bond guarantees or [...]

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

Retaliation DID THE UNIVERSITY RETALIATE AGAINST THE EMPLOYEE FOR HER SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT? Case citation: Ward v. Jackson State University, __Fed. Appx. __, 2015 WL 795826 (5th Cir. 2015) (unpublished). Summary:  In August 2011, Jackson State University hired Dr. Vivian Fuller as its new athletic director. At that time, Ward worked as a secretary in the athletic [...]

SPECIAL ED & DISABILITY LAW

FAPE THE PARENT FAILED TO SHOW A DENIAL OF FAPE Case citation: Student v. Cedar Hill ISD, Dkt. No. 255-SE-0614 (Hearing Officer Sandra Garcia Huhn, October 31, 2014). Summary: The student attended school in the Cedar Hill Independent School District and was eligible for special education services as a student with a learning disability. The [...]

STUDENTS

Title IX Peer Harassment DID THE RECORD SUPPORT TITLE IX PEER HARASSMENT CLAIMS? Case citation: Kelly v. Allen ISD, __Fed. Appx.__, 2015 WL 690276 (5th Cir. 2015) (unpublished). Summary: In October 2009, Mr. Allen Kelly sent an email to Allen ISD’s Board of Trustees and Superintendent to express concern about a student who would soon [...]