In April, the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) issued new guidance concerning FERPA and video surveillance. It answers some of the ongoing questions that districts have wrestled with as video surveillance has become more prevalent.

A former school board member is suing the Richardson school district and school board claiming they violated the state open meetings law. David Tyson Jr. served on the Richardson school board from 2004 to 2010. In the lawsuit, he alleges board members had discussions and made decisions about votes on agenda items that did not take place during public meetings. view article arw

A charge has been added to the ledger of 25-year-old Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley, who was charged in May with tampering with government records after enrolling at Dallas’ Hillcrest High School as a 17-year-old. Gilstrap-Portley was arrested again last week and charged with indecency with a child, a second-degree felony. The arrest stems from evidence that Gilstrap-Portley dated and inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl while enrolled at Hillcrest. view article arw

A former school board member is suing the Richardson school district, and the school board, claiming they violated the state open meetings law. David Tyson Jr. served on the Richardson school board from 2004 to 2010. In the lawsuit, he alleges board members had discussions about votes on agenda items that did not take place during public meetings. The suit, filed by Brewer Storefront, says the school board voted unanimously on more than 500 votes during the past seven years. view article arw

A former Richardson ISD school board member has sued the school district and its board of trustees, alleging "continuous and systematic" violations of the state's open meetings law.  David Tyson Jr. -- a black businessman who has challenged the validity of the all-white board in the diverse district -- said in the civil lawsuit that the school board has participated in a long-running practice of violating the state's open meetings laws. The result, he alleged, has been that votes are merely "rubber-stamp" formalities. view article arw

A mother’s fight for her son is now a fight in federal court. The woman claims an Austin Independent School District Teacher’s Aide injured her special needs son. State law protects government entities from spending our tax money fighting most personal injury lawsuits, which is called sovereign immunity. In schools, it’s to help keep curriculum flowing without fear liability for accidents. view article arw

A federal civil rights lawsuit over the alleged strip-searching of a sixth-grade class during the 2012-2013 school year will continue after the fifth circuit court of appeals reversed an earlier court's dismissal of the case. Two mothers of students filed the suit that accuses the school of taking their daughters and others in a choir class into a bathroom and strip-searching them for $50 that went missing during class. view article arw

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sent a letter to the Fort Worth ISD asking the North Texas school district to provide a copy of its human sexuality curriculum. In a press release, Paxton's office wrote that the district would not share the curriculum with parents who requested it, and that students were not allowed to bring their textbooks for the course home or take pictures of the content. view article arw

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Attorney General sent a letter blasting Forth Worth ISD to the media around 5:30 Thursday afternoon.  Fort Worth ISD says the letter was never sent to them. They said they spent hours tearing up the mail room looking for it. view article arw

Fort Worth Superintendent Kent Scribner says school district officials will meet Monday to talk about a request from the state attorney general. Ken Paxton demanded late last weekthat the district turn over a copy of its sixth-grade human sexuality curriculum. view article arw

Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner on Thursday evening demanding he hand over a copy of the district's controversial sixth-grade human sexuality curriculum, which includes lessons about gender identity and sexual orientation.  Paxton claimed in the letter that district officials were repeatedly denying parents access to the curriculum or textbooks, which he said are in use in 22 schools across the district.  view article arw

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today dispatched a letter to Fort Worth Independent School District (ISD) requesting a full and complete copy of the district’s human sexuality curriculum after the district repeatedly denied parents access to these public documents. Parents reported that not only were their records requests denied, but their children were prohibited from bringing a copy of their textbooks home for review or from taking photos of the curriculum. view article arw

Teachers unions are hoping that recent grass-roots protests over pay and working conditions will blunt the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on union fees and help persuade dues-paying members not to abandon them. The court said in a 5-4 ruling Wednesday that government workers can no longer be required to pay fees to labor organizations that represent them in collective bargaining.

The Texas Supreme Court made a decision last week that could adversely affect the lives of thousands of children. In John Doe vs. Episcopal School of Dallas, the justices refused to consider a harmful ruling issued by an appellate court. The ruling allows a faith-based school to avoid civil liability for harming a child in its care. Texas parents may have lost their right to sue a faith-based school, even if there are claims of abuse or neglect. view article arw

The Supreme Court’s five conservative justices delivered a powerful blow to public-sector unions Wednesday in the Janus v. AFSCME case, ending the practice of agency fees and depriving labor of a major financial pillar of its organizing activities. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito, who has invited legal challenges like Janus in previous cases, crafted a far-reaching opinion that confirmed union backers’ worst fears: More than simply striking down agency fees, the court determined that workers must take the affirmative step of opting into union membership, rather than opting out. view article arw

Leaders of school employee unions in California and nationwide know the future after Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down mandatory union fees: They’ll have to fight hard in faculty lounges, custodial offices and school bus depots to hold onto each member as anti-union forces try to pull them away. The battle over school employees will be intense in California, where their unions, fueled by member dues, have long been a political force. Their strength has helped the state remain a bastion of liberalism and labor-friendly policy even as labor’s fortunes have suffered elsewhere. view article arw

Laredo chamber suing Laredo ISD

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The Laredo Chamber of Commerce said Tuesday that it is suing Laredo ISD, claiming the district is pressuring the organization to sell the leasehold interest of its property. Miguel Conchas, president and CEO of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, said LISD's plan to build an administrative building on the former Civic Center property has prompted the district to urge his organization to relocate. LISD acquired the leased property from the City of Laredo in 2013. view article arw

A federal judge in San Diego on Tuesday barred the separation of migrant children from their parents and ordered immigration officials to reunify within 30 days families that have been divided as a result of a zero-tolerance policy enforced by the Trump administration until last week.Judge Dana Sabraw of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California granted a preliminary injunction sought by the American Civil Liberties Union. view article arw

After accusing Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia of fraud and negligence during a nasty legal dispute, the La Joya Independent School District quietly settled with him — and paid $42,000. Superintendent Alda T. Benavides and Garcia signed the settlement agreement in April. State District Judge J. Manuel Bañales dismissed the lawsuit in May. view article arw

The Texas State Teachers Association today called on Gov. Greg Abbott and state Education Commissioner Mike Morath to begin developing and funding a plan for evaluating and providing education services to the growing number of immigrant children who are being separated from their families and detained on the Texas-Mexico border. read more arw

Jasper Independent School District’s win in the 1st District Court of Jasper County was reversed and remanded after a woman filed an appeal in the Court of Appeals for the 9th District of Texas at Beaumont."We conclude that the trial court erred by impliedly applying the mailbox rule, impliedly finding that (Jacqueline) Martin’s lawsuit was not timely filed, and granting the plea to the jurisdiction," Justice Steve McKeithen wrote in the June 14 opinion. view article arw

A Denison Middle School teacher has been arrested, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. "Wednesday afternoon around 1:30," said Denison Police spokesperson Lt. Mike Eppler. That's when Denison Police said they arrested Tharon Lance Day at his home off Woodlawn Circle, formally charged with an improper relationship between an educator and student. view article arw

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen has granted an unopposed motion for voluntary dismissal of a $2 million lawsuit against the Brownsville Independent School District filed in 2014 by former BISD trustees Catalina Presas-Garcia and Lucila B. Longoria alleging libel, slander and other violations. view article arw

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in Dallas is investigating a parent's complaint that Irving ISD discriminated against his son for being Indian and Muslim. The year-old complaint, filed by Iqbal Bhombal, alleges the school district failed to "take appropriate responsive action to address racially harassing conduct" against Bhombal's now 11-year-old son by other students at John Haley Elementary School.  view article arw

A board member of the Schertz Cibolo Universal City ISD is out on bond Thursday after being arrested on several charges including theft. Gary Inmon has been a trustee with the district since 2000. He's serving his second stint as board president. view article arw

A former Dallas-area middle school counselor is arrested for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student. According to Bedford Police, 33-year-old Shannon Hathaway turned herself in on Thursday after an arrest warrant was issued on charges of improper relationship between an educator and a student. view article arw

A former Slaton ISD teacher and coach was indicted Wednesday (June 13) by a federal grand jury. KAMC News reports 28 year-old Dustin Ray Leonard was arrested in May for enticement of a minor. Leonard is accused of using a cell phone to solicit a student for sexual contact. view article arw

The parent of a Katy ISD special-needs student has sued the school district after her son was allegedly Tased by a school resource officer when the teen left a classroom because of a bullying incident. The civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Houston alleges that the school district and the resource officer violated the constitutional rights of the Mayde Creek High School student, then 17. view article arw

Two families who lost children during the Santa Fe shooting are suing, and the language being used in the documents does not hold back. In an emotional petition to the Galveston County Court of Law, penned before the second family joined the lawsuit, one of the pairs of parents argues that the guardians of Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old suspected school shooter, are guilty of gross negligence. view article arw

Lawyers for the cheerleaders who sued Kountze ISD six years ago over religious run-through banners have asked the state's highest court to deny the district's appeal, arguing there is no conflict left to resolve. In a response filed this week with the Texas Supreme Court, First Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser wrote that "it is time (past time, really) for KISD to accept that the Establishment Clause is not offended when cheerleaders have religious speech on their run-through banners." view article arw

Mother and son suing Moody ISD

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A Central Texas mother is suing the Moody Independent School District and a former football coach. They claim the coach was negligent after her son was injured during a football practice. "Fight. Fight for your child," says mother Melissa Davis. After two years, Melissa says she's still fighting for the pain her son endured. "It's just unbelievable that anybody could not see that was negligent. It's just pure stupidity to me," Melissa says. view article arw

The family of a Katy ISD student shot multiple times with a stun gun has filed a lawsuit against the school district. Body camera video shows 17-year-old Jevon Washington trying to leave Mayde Creek High School after getting frustrated in class. view article arw

A second family has joined a lawsuit against the parents of the teen accused of shooting and killing 10 people at Santa Fe High School in May, claiming negligence led to the shooting. The parents of Chris Stone initially filed a suit accusing Dimitrios Pagourtzis' parents of gross negligence for allowing him access to the father's weapons, which according to the lawsuit, were a .38 handgun and a sawed-off shotgun. view article arw

A judge Monday denied the San Antonio Independent School District teachers’ union’s request for a temporary injunction to stop a charter school network from taking over operations of Stewart Elementary School. The union, the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel, had sued to nullify the contract between SAISD and Democracy Prep Public Schools, which takes effect July 1. In Monday’s ruling, state District Judge Karen H. Pozza denied requests from SAISD and Democracy Prep to dismiss the lawsuit outright. view article arw

After censoring the Eagle Nation Online three times this academic year over concerns that stories made the school look bad, the principal of Prosper (Texas) High School, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, will not renew the contract of a nationally acclaimed newspaper and yearbook adviser. view article arw