Contract and At-Will Employment

Contracts
At-Will Employment
Ending Employment

Contracts

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' Guide to Educator Contracts, available in the TASB Store, explains educator contracts in plain language and includes easy-to-use forms for educator contracts and addenda.
  • TASB Legal Services developed and maintains Model School District Educator Contracts for term, probationary, and noncertified employees. These contracts are available to members of HR Services in the HR Library and to subscribers of the Legal Research Library behind myTASB at no additional charge.
  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, collects information and resources on contracts and assignments.
  • For information relating to superintendent contracts, see eSource at Governance – Superintendent.

At-Will Employment

TASB Resources

  • The TASB HR Library, available behind myTASB for members of HR Services, collects information and resources on at-will employment under the heading Employment, including information on noncontract/at-will employment, substitute teachers, and independent contractors.

Ending Employment

TASB Resources

  • TASB Legal Services' article Reductions in Force provides a basic overview of the legal and policy concerns pertaining to reductions in force.
  • TASB Legal Services' Exit Incentives—Points to Consider provides an overview of legal issues relating to early resignation notice incentives and standard exit incentives, including a form for early resignation notice incentives.
  • TASB Legal Services' article Resignations by Certified Personnel explains the legal principles governing resignations of contract employees and explains when and how a resignation can be withdrawn.
  • For subscribers, the TASB Legal Services' Legal Research Library behind myTASB contains a number of relevant resources, including a Good Cause Index, information on TEA's independent hearing examiners, and an archive of commissioner decisions dating back to 1995.

Other Resources

  • Texas Education Agency's (TEA) Office of Legal Services General Inquiry Teacher FAQs document answers questions about resignation and nonrenewal.
  • TEA's Office of Legal Services Hearings and Appeals Website provides information about local hearings before hearing examiners, appeals to the commissioner, and judicial appeals.
  • TEA's Commissioner and Local Hearing Decisions Website provides a searchable database of commissioner local hearing examiner decisions.
  • TEA's Superintendent Reporting Requirements Website answers questions about the requirement that superintendents report educator misconduct that results in termination or resignation.