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Education Law for Principals - Issue #2

The second of 3 issues devoted to current legal news for principals and other administrators.

New Federal Guidance on Service Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act


The use of service animals on campus has been a topic of growing interest and, in July, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division issued new guidance about service animals and the ADA in the form of an FAQ document. Here are the highlights.

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Education Law for Principals - Issue #1

More Education Law for Principals Conference Q&A Continued…


Some more conference q&A addresses: homeless students, HB 2349 and SB 107.


Commissioner Finds Appraisal Invalid But Upholds Contract Termination

  Powers v. Sonora ISD, Dkt. No. 112-R10-0812 (Comm’r Educ. April 1, 2015).

This commissioner decision looks at the termination of a probationary contract.

Commissioner Clarifies What Constitutes Cumulative Data

  Camara v. Dallas ISD, Dkt. No. 003-R10-09-2012 (Comm’r Educ. April 1, 2015); Madden v. Dallas ISD, Dkt. No. 002-R10-09-2012 Comm’r Educ. April 1, 2015).

This commissioner decision details what documentation of data needs to be shared with teachers within the ten day deadline.

What Does The Paperwork Reduction Act Have To Do With Teacher Lesson Plans?

  Baxter v. Sherman ISD, Dkt. No. 092-R10-0612 (Comm’r Educ. April 30, 2015).

The commissioner weighs in on how certain lesson plan requirements may or may not violate the Paperwork Reduction Act.

Alleged Excessive Walkthroughs and Change in Teaching Assignments Was Not Discriminatory

  Madden v. El Paso ISD, __ S.W.3d __, 2015 WL 4480871 (Tex. App. – El Paso 2015).

The Texas court of appeals upholds a dismissal of a discrimination and retaliation suit brought by a reassigned teacher.

Fall Special Ed Law Edition of Postscripts

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