Month

October 2018
Q: Our high school government teacher wore a “Vote Beto” button to school on Monday. She says it is to encourage her students over the age of 18 to vote. Is this permissible? A: Likely no. The Texas Ethics Commission has determined that campaign buttons are political advertising for purposes of the Election Code. As...
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Q: We have our annual Fall Festival coming up, with one of the most popular attractions being our hay ride. We plan to have our Ag Teacher driving his tractor and pulling a trailer with groups of 10-15 kids at a time. A new board member has started asking questions about liability. Is this activity...
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Q: We have a few teachers at one of our high school campuses who are certified to teach middle school but are not certified to teach high school. Do we have any state or federal obligations to notify parents? A: Yes. Both state and federal laws have notification requirements in the event an educator is...
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Q: Our varsity cheerleaders decided to wear overalls to our homecoming pep rally and decorated them with school spirit and other personal messages in paint and patchwork. Some of the cheerleaders have decorated their overalls with small crosses and scripture messages. Are the cheerleaders’ decorated overalls considered protected speech under the First Amendment? A: Yes....
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Q: I was just copied on an email from one of our board members sent to the local Chamber of Commerce listserv from the board member’s school email account advocating support for our upcoming bond election. Is use of the school’s email permitted for this purpose? A: No. A school district employee or official may...
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