Association of Texas Professional Educators
Association of Texas Professional Educators

Common Legal Questions

What happens when you need to be absent? What precautions should you take with technology? Find information on these and many other employment issues in this section.
Absences and Leave

What happens when you need to be absent?

Assignments and Duties

Your rights regarding your employee assignment.

Charters, DOIs, and Partnerships: Alternative Education Environments

Know what to look for and what questions to ask if you apply for a position in one of these alternative education environments.

Conference Time and Duty-Free Lunch

What are your rights?

Educator Resignations and Requests for Contract Release

Your rights if you choose to quit your job.

Evaluations and Responses

What you need to know about teacher appraisals and evaluations for other staff.


Your right to deal with employment concerns.

Meetings and Communications with Supervisors, Co-workers, and Parents

The law on communicating with supervisors, colleagues, and parents.

Parent and Student Rights

What to keep in mind when working with your students and their parents.

Reporting Child Abuse or Neglect

Answers to Texas educators’ FAQs.

Special Education and Section 504

The law pertaining to students with disabilities.

Student Discipline

Essential knowledge for classroom management.

Teachers and Grading

Guidance and requirements from the Texas Education Code on grading.

Technology in the Classroom

What precautions should you take?