Month

March 2017
Q:      We are issuing teacher contracts for the 2017-2018 school year next week. We have had some issues in the past with teachers timely returning their signed contract. Do we have any recourse if a teacher fails to meet the deadline stated in the contract? A:      Yes. Assuming you have a standard “Expiration of Offer”...
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Q:      I received a phone call earlier this week from our local police department that one of our high school students was involved in a gang-related shooting over Spring Break. The investigation is still ongoing, but the student was arrested and charged with “deadly conduct.” Can we place him in our DAEP based solely on...
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Q:      Our school district has board elections in May, and the high school principal has a bumper sticker supporting a trustee candidate on his car. He parks in a parking spot visible to both students and parents in front of the high school that has a sign designating the spot “Principal Parking.” Is this...
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Q:      We have an individual on our substitute list who has not been given an assignment in about a month. This person has filed a claim with the Texas Workforce Commission for unemployment. Will they be able to receive benefits as a substitute currently on our approved sub list? If so, how can we combat...
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Q:      Our district has adopted the T-PESS appraisal system for our campus principals. Can we use T-PESS to evaluate campus administrators (other than principals), such as assistant principals, academic deans, etc.? A:      Yes. However, modifications must be made to the T-PESS rubric to ensure that it matches the job descriptions of each category of administrator....
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