It is sometimes unclear what a public school district’s duty is when it comes to serving children with disabilities placed by their parents in private schools. Further complicating matters is the fact that sometimes a private school student requesting services can reside in the boundaries of one district and attend a private school in the boundaries of another district. What follows is a simplified list of steps to follow, and an explanation of each step, when evaluating a district’s responsibility to a private school student.

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A former Beaumont ISD administrator convicted after she admitted to embezzling from the school district has been transferred to a halfway house. Patricia Lambert, 64, is now at a residential reentry management facility in San Antonio, also known as a halfway house, according to the Federal Bureau of P view article arw

Advocates are pushing lawmakers to change how Texas funds special education resources, and a recent court ruling may help their cause. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals sharply criticized the way Texas calculates how much to spend on special education, saying in an opinion that there is potential for “future abuse,” and the state’s method for allocating funds creates a “perverse incentive” to minimize a student’s needs. view article arw

A Brownsboro ISD employee has been charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student. According to Henderson County jail records, Lindsey Nation, 31, of Chandler was arrested by Brownsboro ISD police on Nov. 14. Records show she was booked into the Henderson County jail and charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student. Nation later posted a $25,000 bond. view article arw

Parents of students in the Smithville school district have taken issue with a video a first grade teacher shared online showing her class repeating Bible verses and potentially going against a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down school-sponsored Bible readings and prayer. The video, which was posted to Facebook on Nov. 1 by Susan Schobel, a Brown Primary School teacher, shows her classroom sitting in a circle repeating Romans 12:9-10. “Start your day with a good Bible verse and life just seems better!!” Schobel wrote in the video’s caption. “This is our daily Bible verse.” view article arw

Lawsuit against Sweeny ISD dismissed

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A former Sweeny ISD employee who claimed wrongful termination and sexual harassment in a federal lawsuit against the district plans to appeal dismissal of her claims, Lisa Marie Smith’s attorney said Monday. “We do think there are questions that should go to a jury and that a jury should be able to decide,” Smith’s attorney, Karla Epperson, said. view article arw

DALLAS -- Two separate outside investigations are underway at the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) after WFAA started asking questions about irregularities within its purchasing department that two former employees discovered.  Those questions surround possible criminal violations along with the misuse of taxpayer dollars. view article arw

About 75 South San Antonio High School students walked out of class Friday demanding that the school district pay the medical bills for a classmate who was left paralyzed from injuries he suffered while practicing for a powderpuff football game. Roman Caldera. was injured while performing a cheerleading stunt for an upcoming senior fundraiser at which the boys take on the duties of the cheerleaders and the girls hit the gridiron. view article arw

A lawsuit is accusing Brownsville I.S.D. of failing to take appropriate action after a teacher caught a fellow teacher having sex with a student in a classroom. The lawsuit says this happened January of 2017 at Brownsville Hanna High School. The lawsuit stated that the district never notified the Department of Family Protective Services, which is required by law. view article arw

Repost!  After the Texas Supreme Court on Friday reaffirmed Kountze cheerleaders’ right to quote Bible verses on their spirit signs, the lawyer for the women who brought the lawsuit six years go said it’s time for critics to drop the matter. “Kountze Independent School District officials continue to waste taxpayer dollars despite Texas courts’ rejecting their efforts to squelch the cheerleaders’ religious free speech,” Hiram Sasser of the First Liberty Institute said in an emailed statement.The high court declined rehear the case Friday, following a motion last month by the Kountze district’s lawyer requesting it. view article arw

HENDERSON — The board of trustees for Henderson ISD considered an audit Thursday afternoon that will help the district recoup tax revenue it lost in a lawsuit.  Natural gas companies sued several taxing entities, including Henderson ISD, for tax revenue they received between 2012 and 2017. The Texas Supreme Court’s March 2 ruling changed the location of the entity collecting taxes from where a natural gas compressor is located to where the company’s home office is located, requiring local taxing entities to refund the tax money.  Trustees met for an update regarding the 2018-19 budget, which was led by Superintendent Keith Boles. view article arw

A mother says the Waxahachie school district, Felty Elementary School and two local police officers failed her autistic son when he was held down in a classroom for five minutes and put in handcuffs in March 2017. On Oct. 15, she filed a federal lawsuit against the district, school principal and police officers, claiming they violated her 8-year-old son’s civil rights. The lawsuit does not include her or her son’s last name. view article arw

A jury in Texas has awarded $68,000 in damages to the family of a 12-year-old girl who suffered rope burns to her neck during a school field trip in 2016. The Travis County jury in Austin awarded the damages in the case against Live Oak Classical School. The girl's attorney, Levi McCathern, alleged that classmates tied a rope around her neck and pulled her to the ground during a field trip in Blanco County in the Texas Hill Country. The attorney says the girl had long been the victim of bullying. view article arw

A man has been arrested in connection to the Central ISD bomb threat that was called in to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatch. Det. J.B. Smith with the Lufkin Police Department said that the Central ISD Police Department and the ACSO arrested Scott Thompson, 34, on a charge of false alarm or report Wednesday evening. view article arw

Former school employees indicted

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Two former Huntsville ISD employees were indicted by a Walker County grand jury on a single count of abuse of official capacity. Prosecutors say the former transportation director Timothy Hooks, 44, and assistant director David Baker, 62, used school facilities and personnel to restore, repair, paint and maintain personal vehicles. Their charge notes the value of the property, services, personnel and other things of value between $2,500 and $30,000. view article arw

Port Neches-Groves’ last-second comeback football win at Crosby will now go down as a loss.  Head coach and athletic director Brandon Faircloth said Monday morning the District 12-5A Division II executive committee, or DEC, voted by a 3-2 count for PNG to forfeit a 48-45 victory that was decided on a touchdown catch with 3 seconds remaining. view article arw

Officials at Carroll Independent School District in Southlake say they're looking into a racially offensive video that was posted on Twitter over the weekend. The video shows about 10 students sitting around a bed shouting a racial slur at the camera. "I say [racial slur], you say [racial slur,]" the girl says to the group and to the camera, which is in selfie mode. NBC DFW has chosen to not show the video. view article arw

A group of Southlake students sparked outrage when a video of them chanting a racial slur surfaced last week. The video shows at least nine white students huddled together. A girl holding the phone leads the others in a call-and-response chant involving the N-word, and they chant the slur twice. "Ay, we're up with that black [expletive]," she says as the group laughs. view article arw

A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a student who was injured in a Bastrop ISD school bus crash. The lawsuit alleges that last Wednesday morning, an 18-wheeler traveling northwest on Highway 71 in Cedar Creek ran a red light and struck the school bus with 20 children on board. According to the lawsuit, the student suffered cuts and a head injury that caused him to lose consciousness for five to 10 minutes and he still can't move his left arm properly. view article arw

A family is suing Round Rock ISD for $6 million after they say their 4-year-old daughter was left and locked outside her school last year. Security video from Sept. 11, 2017, provided to the family from the school, shows students coming in from outside recess, accompanied by what RRISD says is a substitute teacher. view article arw

A family is suing Round Rock ISD for $6 million for accidentally locking their 4-year-old daughter outside an elementary school last year after recess, according to court documents. It happened in September at Old Town Elementary where the child was enrolled in a pre-kindergarten class. view article arw

The former board president of a shuttered school bus agency in Dallas pleaded guilty on Monday to tax evasion. Larry Duncan resigned last year from Dallas County Schools, the former bussing agency beset by deep financial troubles and questionable business dealings. Court documents say Duncan received $245,000 in campaign contributions over several years from the president of Force Multiplier Solutions, a technology company that puts cameras on school buses. view article arw

A Jewish mother in North Texas said her child’s school asked for proof that her daughter is Jewish in order to excuse her for Yom Kippur. Lauren Gordon told local CBS affiliate CBS 11 Dallas Fort Worth on Thursday that when she asked last month for her daughter’s absence from school on Yom Kippur to be excused, the Garland Independent School District requested that she “send documentation from the religious establishment you attended,” according to the report. view article arw

Sweeny ISD argues former employee Lisa Marie Smith’s lawsuit should be dismissed because her firing was justified, while Smith’s lawyer contends it was wrongful and she was never notified she was fired, court documents show. Both parties are set to appear in court in November. Discovery is complete in the case, said Smith’s attorney, Karla Evans Epperson. The docket call scheduled for Nov. 9 means “the matter might be called for trial during the two-month period following the docket call,” Epperson said in an email. view article arw

NEW ORLEANS – After arguing its case in a federal appeals court Wednesday, Texas will soon know whether its decision to spend $33.3 million less on students with disabilities in 2012 will cost it millions in future federal funding.  The U.S. Department of Education is attempting to withhold that same amount from Texas in special education grants, saying a 1997 statute prohibits states from reducing their funding for kids with disabilities from year to year. Texas appealed that determination to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming the federal statute is vague and the penalty should not be enforced. view article arw

On Oct. 4, the 14th Court of Appeals reversed and remanded a $9.6 million judgment for a school district that claimed its insurance company breached its contract amid restoration after Hurricane Ike and denied the parties' motions for rehearing. The Appeals Court ultimately determined the Dickinson Independent School District (DISD) wasn’t owed the judgment over allegations of breach of contract damages amid its lawsuit against Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). view article arw

 A Virginia school district superintendent has apologized to a transgender middle schooler who was barred from using the boys' or girls' locker rooms during an active shooter drill. The Free-Lance Star reports Stafford Public Schools superintendent Scott Kizner also reiterated that apology at a school board meeting earlier this week after the incident sparked a national outcry. A large group of supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community attended the meeting with concerns about the school system's policies on transgender students. view article arw

Sixty-four years after the landmark Brown v. Board decision, integration has regained its status as one of the most urgent objectives in education today. In the wake of a large-scale resegregation of public schools since the 1990s, a number of journalists, policy analysts, and policymakers are pushing to introduce greater diversity in public schools. view article arw

Waco’s U.S. district judge and attorneys for both sides, on Wednesday discussed a pending lawsuit naming the Moody Independent School District over an injured football player. Attorneys for Moody High School senior Steven Davis filed the original complaint last April in which Davis claims he was severely and permanently injured during an unsanctioned football drill on Feb. 16, 2016 that had to be halted 15 minutes after it began because all of the players were hurt. view article arw

Pasadena ISD police are investigating a report of misconduct by a substitute teacher that involved a student at Jessup Elementary School, a spokesman for the school district said. The investigation began after "a report of inappropriate conduct" was reported by a student to the school principal around 4 p.m. on Friday. The school district is working to interview all the children in the classroom, said Art Del Barrio, the district spokesman. view article arw

Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District officials ignored and covered up a 4-year old student's 2016 sexual assault, failing to notify parents of the incident, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the school district. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on Oct. 2, contends that on Dec. 14, 2016, a 4-year old girl at Lorenzo de Zavala Elementary School in Baytown was sexually assaulted by a 4-year old boy in a unisex bathroom. view article arw

Santa Fe ISD, the same district that suffered a tragic high school shooting in May, has now been hit with a multi-million dollar lawsuit over a head injury suffered by a minor in a football drill. Seeking in excess of $5 million in damages, Donna and Troy Yarbrough filed suit on behalf of their minor son against Santa Fe ISD and numerous school officials, including several individuals on the football coaching staff. “This is a critically important civil rights case concerning traumatic physical and mental injuries sustained by a male high school student,” the suit states. view article arw

CARTHAGE, TX (KLTV) - Mediation efforts have failed in a federal lawsuit involving Carthage Independent School District and the case is moving forward, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court in Marshall. The mother of a student filed the lawsuit in April, alleging school district officials failed to discipline a football player accused of secretly recording her daughter in the nude at an off-campus residence two years ago. The lawsuit cites two Title IX violations and three violations of the Fourteenth Amendment for procedural due process. view article arw

Although African American and Hispanic students make up only slightly more than half the student population at Fort Bend ISD schools, together they accounted for over 86 percent of all the out-of-school suspensions and more than 92 percent of student transfers to alternative programs associated with more serious discipline incidents last year, district reports indicate. view article arw