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Personnel Law Conference - Issue #2

The second of 3 issues devoted to current legal news for HR directors and other school administrators

Recent Case Highlights Hiring Decisions That May Run Afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act


A Fifth Circuit case analyzes the 2008 amendments to the ADA which broadened the definition of what constitutes a “disability”.

No Place for Hate


An Austin ISD school starts a new program to help end student social isolation.

Real Job interview Stories

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Fall Special Ed Law Edition of Postscripts

More Personnel Law Conference Q&A Continued…


A question about evaluations and nonrenewal after an administrative change is answered.



Appeals Court Rules in Whistleblower and Free Speech Case

  Bosque v. Starr County, Texas, __ Fed. Appx. __, 2015 WL 7434292 (5th Cir. 2015).

Three county employees terminated after reporting a County Commissioner’s alleged wrongdoing will have their case re-tried, says the Fifth Circuit.

School Nurse Produced Insufficient Evidence of Discrimination & Retaliation

  Brown v. Katy Independent School District, 2015 WL 67935 (S.D. Tex. 2016).

A trial court rejects a nurse’s Fourteenth Amendment and discrimination claims filed after a termination.

The Student’s Videotaped Statement was Admissible in the Teacher’s Nonrenewal Hearing

  Manuagwu v. Edgewood ISD, Dkt. No. 003-R1-09-2015 (Comm’r Educ. Nov. 4, 2015).

Exceptions to the hearsay rule applied in this teacher’s nonrenewal hearing, the Commissioner found.

Substantial Evidence Existed to Support Nonrenewal

  Salazar v. Sinton ISD, 049-R1-07-2015 (Comm’r Educ. Sept. 10, 2015).

A testing-coordinator is appropriately non-renewed after being reprimanded, the Commissioner found.