Hot For Teacher: A TCTA Back-to-School Special. Presented by: The Texas Classroom Teachers Association. Lonnie Hollingsworth, Jr. Director of Legal Services & Governmental Relations [email protected] Presented by: The Texas Classroom Teachers Association. Paige Bruton Williams
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A TCTA Back-to-School Special
IMPORTANT NOTE:This presentation provides up-to-date information on education-related topics for Texas teaching professionals. This presentation does NOT substitute for the advice of an attorney. Members who have specific questions or need further information may contact the TCTA staff by calling (888) 879-8282. General questions of a legal nature may be sent online using our “Ask-a-Lawyer” response center at tcta.org.
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A school district shall adopt a grading policy, including provisions for the assignment of grades on class assignments and examinations, before each school year.
A district grading policy:
(1) must require a classroom teacher to assign a grade that reflects the student's relative mastery of an assignment;
(2) may not require a classroom teacher to assign minimum grade for an assignment without regard to the student‘s quality of work; and
(3) may allow a student a reasonable opportunity to make up or redo a class assignment or examination for which the student received a failing grade.
To the Administrator Addressed Letter
AT THIS POINT….WIN FOR TEACHERS!
Teachers are entitled to them with few exceptions, even during events such as TAKS, team meetings, and lunch-duty.
Protections provided in the Paperwork Reduction Act may be helpful if you are facing excessive paperwork requirements.
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Each school employee is entitled to five days of personal leave per year with no limit on accumulation. School districts may provide additional personal leave beyond this minimum.
School district employment policies may not restrict the ability of a school district employee to communicate directly with a member of the school board on matters relating to the operation of the school district.
* TCTA initiated legislation
You can file a grievance over any condition of work, whether or not the condition of work violates a law, administrative rule, or school board policy. Please note that the timelines for filing a grievance are very short, usually 15 calendar days or less. If you do not timely file a grievance, you may waive the opportunity to appeal this matter.
(a) A teacher may send a student to the principal's office to maintain effective discipline in the classroom.The principal shall respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniquesconsistent with the student code of conduct…
(b) A teacher may remove from class a student:
(1) who has been documented by the teacher to repeatedly interfere with the teacher's ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student's classmates to learn; or
(2) whose behavior the teacher determines is so unruly, disruptive, or abusive that it seriously interferes with the teacher's ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student's classmates to learn.
(c) If a teacher removes a student from class under Subsection (b), the principal may place the student into another appropriate classroom, into in-school suspension, or into a disciplinary alternative education program... The principal may not return the student to that teacher's class without the teacher's consent unless the committee established under Section 37.003 determines that such placement is the best or only alternative available.
(d) A teacher shall remove from class and send to the principal for placement in a disciplinary alternative education program or for expulsion, as appropriate, a student who engages in conduct described under Section 37.006 or 37.007. The student may not be returned to that teacher's class without the teacher's consent unless the committee established under Section 37.003 determines that such placement is the best or only alternative available. If the teacher removed the student from class because the student has engaged in the elements of any offense listed in Section 37.006(a)(2)(B) or Section 37.007(a)(2)(A) or (b)(2)(C) against the teacher, the student may not be returned to the teacher's class without the teacher's consent. The teacher may not be coerced to consent.
Teachers must be provided with notice no later than 45 days prior to the last instructional day if they have a term or probationary contract and the district proposes to non-renew it.
Contracted teachers have a right to automatic acceptance of their resignation if it is properly submitted within 45 days prior to the first instructional day of the school year.
Teachers may not be reassigned to a position for which they are not fully certified without their written consent.
Unfortunately, there is no limit. Teachers are not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act; however, paraprofessionals are covered.
District employees may not be required to pay for textbooks or instructional technology that are stolen, misplaced, or not returned by a student. Only one little caveat with this law.*
* TCTA initiated legislation.
(b) If a professional has cause to believe that a child has been abused or neglected or may be abused or neglected…the professional shall make a report not later than the 48th hour after the hour the professional first suspects that the child has been abused.
A professional is a person who is licensed or certified by the state – including teachers and administrators.