Month

July 2021
Q:        Did I hear correctly that the Legislature passed a bill that changes the standard for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect?  A:        Yes. HB 3379 amends the Texas Family Code to establish and apply a “reasonable cause” standard for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, which is a higher standard than that...
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Q:        Did the Legislature take any action relevant to cyberbullying and the increasing prevalence of social media in students’ lives?   A:        Yes. SB2050 amends Texas Education Code section 37.0832 to require a school district’s board to adopt a policy, including any necessary procedures, for prevention and mediation of bullying incidents, including cyberbullying, between students. Previously,...
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Q:        I heard a bill just passed that would allow homeschool students to participate in district UIL activities. Are we now required to let homeschool students participate in our UIL activities?   A:        No. HB 547, also known as the “Tim Tebow Bill,” gives school districts the option to allow homeschool students to participate in UIL...
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Q:        I heard recently that the Governor’s suspension of certain Texas Open Meetings Act requirements is coming to an end and we will be required soon to conduct Board of Trustees meeting in person. Is that true?   A:        Yes. While on July 1, 2021, the Governor of Texas granted an additional 30-day extension of the...
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Q:       Are the rumors true—did the Legislature narrow the ability to sanction a teacher’s certificate for resigning during the summer without permission? A:        Yes and no.  While a school district may still seek sanctions against a teacher who fails to resign 45 days or more before the first day of instruction, effective September...
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