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Q:       We have one Assistant Superintendent and she just resigned. I would like to eliminate the position and use the funds to create two new director posts. Does the Board have to take action to create the director positions prior to advertising the vacancies?  A:        Not likely. Because the Superintendent has specific authority...
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Q:        Our FCCLA team is going to Nationals and our parent booster club wants to do a raffle fundraiser to off-set the costs of the trip. I checked and they are not a 501(c)3 organization. Is this something they can legally do?  A:        No. Under the Texas Charitable Raffle Enabling Act (“CREA”), only...
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Q:        An elementary teacher on a term contract has consistently underperformed this school year. We held her contract from the renewal list in March. The campus principal is coaching her and would like to give the teacher an additional year to improve. However, because of her demonstrated poor performance, we want additional flexibility to end...
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Q:       I have a teacher on a probationary contract (new to the District) who has struggled with classroom management this year. After Spring Break, I put her on notice that I was holding her contract and would not be recommending renewal to the Board. She has since gone on Family Medical Leave and will...
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Q:         I have several students who contracted COVID in mid-2021. Their parents have shared with teachers and campus principals that since contracting COVID, their children still experience symptoms of fatigue, mood changes, and difficulty concentrating. Do these children need to be referred for special education and related services?  A:         Yes. If a child is experiencing...
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Q:        We discovered that one of our teachers was recently charged with a crime, and we would like to initiate the termination process. Does a criminal charge constitute good cause supporting the termination of a term contract?  A:        Generally, a criminal charge alone will not constitute good cause supporting the termination of a...
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Q: I’m a board member and my husband’s niece has applied for a teaching position for next school year. Can the district hire her?    A: Yes, because the applicant is the board member’s niece by marriage, the relation is of the third degree by affinity, and therefore, not governed by the nepotism prohibition found in...
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Q:        I heard that the State Board of Education (SBOE) updated its rules recently regarding contract abandonment. Is it true that an educator can escape penalty if s/he believes they were granted permission to resign?  A:        Yes. The SBOE adopted proposed rules at its January meeting to amend the definition of “good cause” to now...
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Q:        We recently learned that a neighboring school district is under investigation by the Office of Civil Rights for accessibility issues with the school district’s website. One item that was mentioned was closed captioning for video and audio publications. Are school districts required to include closed captioning for board meeting videos published online?  ...
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Q:      As we move closer to the March 1, 2022 primary election and the May 7, 2022 Uniform Election Date, we have received several questions from teachers and other staff members who want to be politically active, but need clarification of the rules. Are there restrictions specific to school district employees when it comes to political...
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