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In order to make the Texas School Administrators’ Legal Digest more useful to administrators and attorneys as a resource for researching and answering legal questions, the following subject matter index is provided. The index covers the ten issues of the Legal Digest that were published in 2014. Following the subject matter index is an alphabetical table [...]


A.W. v. Humble ISD, (Nov./Dec.) Adams v. Cedar Hill ISD, (April) Albarran v. Fort Bend ISD, (Jan.) Aleman v. Edcouch Elsa ISD, (Feb.) Alief ISD v. Perry, (Feb.) Alvarez v. Donna Independent School District, (March) Anzaldua v. Valley View ISD, (Oct.) Armstrong v. Humble ISD, (Jan.) Austen v. Weatherford College, (June) Bailey v. Terrell ISD, [...]


  FEB Lisa A. Brown Avoiding Liability Under The Fair Labor Standards Act MAR Joe Tanguma What Administrators Need To Know To Avoid Retaliation Claims APRIL Robb D. Decker Employee Contracts And What You Need To Be Thinking About Now MAY Dr. David P. Thompson, Ph.D. The Texas Educators’ Bullying Update JUNE Jim Walsh Title [...]


HOW TO BECOME A SCHOOL LAWYER This month’s edition of the Law Dawg features an in depth interview of the Dawg by Intrepid Reporter and Friend of the Truth, Rip Snort. Indeed, Snort’s interviews are always in depth as he is utterly lacking in the superficiality that rockets a journalist to fame and fortune. Snort [...]


Financial Reporting ATTORNEY GENERAL CONSIDERS BOARD MEMBER FINANCIAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS  Case citation: Tex. Att’y Gen. Op. GA-1082 (Sept. 23, 2014). Summary: The El Paso County Attorney asked the Attorney General to consider school board trustee requirements for filing personal financial statements. The opinion request arose from Texas Education Code § 11.0641, enacted in 2013 that requires [...]


Discrimination DID THE EMPLOYEE STATE A VALID AGE DISCRIMINATION CLAIM? Case citation: Weems v. Lauderdale County School District, 583 Fed.Appx. 371 (5th Cir. 2014) (unpublished), and 2013 WL 5797329 (S.D. Miss. 2013). Summary: Carol Weems was born on June 7, 1954. Since 1998, she worked as a teacher and school administrator for the Lauderdale County School [...]


Tort claims DID THE PARENTS ASSERT VALID CLAIMS STEMMING FROM THEIR CHILD’S DEATH? Case citation: Pierce v. Hearne ISD, __ Fed. Appx. __, 2015 WL 81995 (5th Cir. 2015) (unpublished). Summary: Samuel and Plezzette Pierce brought personal injury and 42 U.S.C. § 1983 constitutional claims against Hearne Independent School District and others after their son [...]


Commissioner Jurisdiction DID THE COMMISSIONER HAVE JURISDICTION OVER THE RETALIATION AND PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS? Case citation: Child v. Blum ISD, Dkt. No. 030-R10-12-2013 (Comm’r Educ. August 15, 2014). Summary: In July of 2013, the parents of a student in the Blum Independent School District filed a grievance with the district, alleging that the student was [...]


Free Speech Rights STUDENT’S RAP SONG PROTECTED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT Case citation: Bell v. Itawamba County School Board, __ F.3d __, 2014 WL 7014371 (5th Cir. 2014). Summary: In December 2010, Taylor Bell was an eighteen-year-old senior at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Louisiana with no disciplinary record, except for one in-school suspension for [...]