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The Legal Brief: The U.S. Supreme Court Declines School Board’s Appeal in Transgender Bathroom Rights Case

June 29th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCYesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a Virginia school board's appeal to bring back its transgender bathroom ban, leaving in place the lower court’s ruling that the school board had acted unlawfully in preventing Gavin Grimm from using the boys’ bathroom. In 2015, then-high school student Grimm, who is transgender (female to male),…

The Legal Brief: Differing Reasons and Inconsistent Documentation May Open the Door to an Inference of Age Discrimination

April 20th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCLast month, in San Benito ISD v. Cruz, No. 13-20-00310-CV (March 11, 2021), the Thirteenth Texas Court of Appeals affirmed a trial court judgment in favor of a school district employee who challenged a school district’s attempt to dismiss her lawsuit for lack of jurisdiction.  The Court of Appeals found that the employee-plaintiff “presented sufficient…

The Legal Brief: Disability Rights Sues School District Over Special Education

April 8th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCOn March 29, Disability Rights, Texas filed a federal lawsuit, seeking declaratory and prospective injunctive relief against the Austin Independent School District on behalf of five disabled students and hundreds of unnamed students alleging systemic violations of the IDEA and Section 504.  With respect to the individual students, the allegations detail evaluation delays of months…

The Legal Brief: Texas Lifts Mandate Requiring Masks

March 10th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCOn March 2, 2021, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 which lifts the Texas mask mandate. Under the order, individuals are strongly encouraged to wear masks wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; however, the order explicitly states that no person may…

The Legal Brief: RESCHEDULED March 2nd: ESC-2 Spring 2021 Personnel Services Symposium

February 26th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCESC-2 Spring 2021 Personnel Services Symposium Presenting an in-depth, interactive workshop on critical topics of legal concern related to personnel management and special education issues in the COVID-19 era for public school human resources administrators, special education administrators, principals, and superintendents. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Speakers and Topics Include: Managing Leaves & Absences During a…

The Legal Brief: New CDC Guidance for K-12 Schools

February 19th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released its Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation in which it updated its guidance for operation of K-12 Schools during the pandemic. In doing so, the CDC somewhat simplified and revised decision-making guidance and updated indicators and thresholds for community transmission of COVID-19 guidelines.…

The Legal Brief: Census Bureau Announces Delay in Release of Redistricting Data

February 15th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCRedistricting 2021 Census Bureau Announces Delay in Release of Redistricting Data This afternoon, the United States Census Bureau announced its updated timeline for release of redistricting data to the States.  Due to delays caused by COVID-19, the Census Bureau’s Chief of the Redistricting and Voting Rights Office announced that redistricting information from the 2020 Census…

The Legal Brief: Redistricting 2020

January 20th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCRedistricting 2020 As the new administration takes office today, one of the many challenges it will face is the release of an accurate decennial census.  In April 2020, the United States Census Bureau sought congressional approval of a three-month delay of its obligation to release the 2020 Census results to the states, citing difficulties in…

The Legal Brief: ESC-2 Spring 2021 Personnel Services Symposium Feb 15th 9am-2pm

January 15th, 2021 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCESC-2 Spring 2021 Personnel Services Symposium Presenting an in-depth, interactive workshop on critical topics of legal concern related to personnel management and special education issues in the COVID-19 era for public school human resources administrators, special education administrators, principals, and superintendents. Speakers and Topics Include: Managing Leaves & Absences During a Pandemic:  ADA, FMLA &…

The Legal Brief: EEOC Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines

December 18th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCThe Legal Brief: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines EEOC Guidance on Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination On December 16, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 Question and Answer technical assistance to include questions related to vaccination requirements. We offer a summary of some of the more relevant…

The Legal Brief: Redistricting Issues After The 2020 Census

December 15th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCIn response to updated population data resulting from the 2020 census, Texas cities, school districts, counties, and the Texas Legislature will require redistricting in 2021--that is, drawing new boundaries from which the voters will elect their respective governing bodies. Significant changes to the Voting Rights Act, as well as delays related to COVID-19 mean that…

The Legal Brief: Continuation of Emergency Paid Sick Leave?

December 8th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCAs you may be aware, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) took effect on April 2, 2020 and is set to expire on December 31, 2020. The FFCRA has two parts:  (1) it provides paid FMLA leave for employees who had childcare duties due to their child’s regular childcare provider or school being closed…

The Legal Brief: Did You Receive a PIA Request from Mayes Middleton?

December 7th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCWhat is it? A public information request under Texas Government Code section 552.008 asking that districts “produce the line items in the adopted 2021 budget showing any planned expenses for directly or indirectly attempting to influence legislation”, as required by Texas Local Government Code Section 140.0045. Should our district respond? Yes. Rep. Middleton’s request was…

The Legal Brief: Developments in Brain Injury Rights Group Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Special Education Instruction and Services During COVID-19

October 30th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCPreviously, we notified clients regarding the Brain Injury Rights Group litigation filed in the Southern District of New York in which the Plaintiffs have attempted to sue every state education agency and every public school district in the U.S.  Some districts received attempts to serve them.  Other districts, including some in Texas, had due process…

The Legal Brief: Region One Fall 2020 Personnel Services Symposium November 17th 8:30am-3:30pm

October 23rd, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCFall 2020 Personnel Services Symposium Hosted by Region One In-Depth, Interactive Training on Current Personnel Management Issues Join attorneys Sara Leon, John Janssen and Michael Roseberry for a live, virtual webinar on timely employment issues, including issues relating to COVID-19 and the employment implications of the new Title IX regulations. Topics to be covered include:…

The Legal Brief: Court of Appeals Ruling PIA Exception Regarding Transcripts of Community College Professors

October 9th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCThe Legal Brief: Appellate Court Affirms That Public Information Act Exception as to Release of Educator Transcripts Applies Only to Educators at Elementary and Secondary Schools, Not to Junior College Professors  Del Mar College, a junior college in Corpus Christi, Texas, sought trial court review of an Attorney General opinion regarding the release of personnel file…

The Legal Brief: EEOC ISSUES UPDATED COVID-19 GUIDANCE

September 28th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCOn September 8, 2020, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) posted an updated technical assistance document, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws.” The guidance incorporates information from other agency resources and modifies two existing Q&As.  The update guidance also adds 18 questions and answers adapted…

The Legal Brief: Third Court of Appeals Rules Against School District Employee Alleging Breach of Non-Disclosure Clause of Settlement Agreement with School District

September 24th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCOn August 14, 2020, the Texas Court of Appeals, Third District (Austin), affirmed a lower court ruling that had granted Killeen Independent School District’s plea that the a former District teacher’s breach of contract claim be dismissed on the basis of governmental immunity.  The teacher had sued Killeen ISD on the theory that the District…

The Legal Brief: New Title IX Regs Apply to Employee Complaints of Sexual Harassment

September 21st, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCOn May 4, 2020, the Department of Education (“DOE”) issued new Title IX regulations, which direct how educational institutions receiving federal funds must address reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault involving both students and employees. The Final Regulations Unequivocally Apply to Students and Employees  The final regulations require an education institution to “promptly” respond…

The Legal Brief: New Title IX Q&A Guidance Issued by DOE

September 16th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCOn September 4, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued a Questions & Answers guidance relating to the new Title IX regulations, which went into effect on August 14, 2020. Below are highlights from the Q&A guidance document: DOE clarifies that the new Title IX regulations will not be enforced retroactively.…

The Legal Brief: Practice Areas

September 9th, 2020 Sara Leon & Associates, PLLCAt SL&A, we offer a full array of legal services for our school law clients throughout Texas.  We strive to deliver a high-level of client service through teamwork, calling upon our attorneys' decades of public and private experience to provide practical solutions and advice for all school needs.

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