Month

October 2021
Q:       We caught a student on campus with CBD oil and local law enforcement advised us that they cannot determine the THC concentration to pursue charges for possession of a controlled substance. Can we still discipline the student under the Student Code of Conduct?  A:        Yes. A school district can discipline a student...
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Q:       I just received a Public Information Request for all electronic communications between individual board members or between board members and the superintendent related to a proposed vaccine incentive. I can pull ISD emails from our server, but do I need to search my phone and ask the board members for copies of personal...
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Q:        I’ve heard that evaluations for dyslexia or a related disorder must now occur as part of Full Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE), is that true?   A:         Yes, the Dyslexia Handbook sections on evaluation for dyslexia and dysgraphia, published by the State Board of Education, now require that anytime a school district suspects that a student...
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Q:        As we settle into the new school year, police officers in my district have been asking if there are any changes that impact them. Did the 87th Texas Legislature pass any laws that affect peace officers?  A:        Yes, the 87th Texas Legislature was as busy as ever; here are a few key...
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Q:        If our District receives a donation from our Parent-Teacher Organization designated to fund supplemental educational staff positions, are we required to use the funds for that specific purpose if something else is needed at a given campus?  A:        Yes. Pursuant to House Bill 1525, enacted September 1, 2021, school districts must accept PTO donations...
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