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Student’s Free Speech Suit Is Allowed to Proceed

Student’s Free Speech Suit Is Allowed to Proceed

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower trial court’s dismissal of a Virginia student’s free speech lawsuit. Jonathan Starbuck sued the Williamsburg James City County School Board (“the Board”) asserting that it violated his constitutional rights when it...

Dallas ISD Implements New Safety Tool

Dallas ISD Implements New Safety Tool

Dallas ISD has adopted a new safety cell phone app for students to report threats to their campus. The app is the “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System” which allows users to submit secure, anonymous safety concerns to help someone who may hurt themselves or...

Appeals Court Rejected Sports-Related Concussion Suit

Appeals Court Rejected Sports-Related Concussion Suit

A high-school student suffered a concussion during football practice. The student brought a constitutional claim against the school district and several of its officials for failing to protect him from bodily harm. The district court dismissed the suit, finding no...

Pride, Paxton, & Austin ISD

Pride, Paxton, & Austin ISD

Austin ISD is again at odds with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton over its annual Pride Week celebration, an event that has taken place for nine years and counting, as the district remains committed to continuing the tradition. Pride Week in AISD is a series of...

The Four-Day School Week

The Four-Day School Week

Jasper ISD just announced that they will move to a four-day school week starting next school year.  A district-wide Educational Improvement Committee, comprised of teachers and parents, is responsible for this change.  They also sought input from the community at...

New Standards for Teacher Certification

New Standards for Teacher Certification

The Texas Board for Educator Certification voted on February 11th to adopt new teacher certification standards.  This new assessment is not a one-time exam like the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities test but a multi-step process known as edTPA: Educative...

TEA Announces National School Counseling Week Activities

TEA Announces National School Counseling Week Activities

National School Counseling Week (NSCW) occurs Feb. 7-11, 2022 this year and the Texas Education Agency has posted a week of topics for it. According to the Texas Education Agency, the purpose of NSCW is to highlight the effects of the school counseling profession on...