DCB(LEGAL) - EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES: TERM CONTRACTS
Unless employed under a probationary contract [see DCA] or a continuing contract [see DCC], a school district shall employ each classroom teacher, principal, librarian, nurse, or school counselor under a term contract as provided by Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter E. Education Code 21.002(a)
In this policy, "teacher" means:
- A superintendent;
- A principal;
- A supervisor;
- A classroom teacher;
- A school counselor;
- Any other full-time professional employee who is required to hold a certificate issued under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter B [see DK(EXHIBIT)]; or
- A nurse.
In this policy, the term "teacher" does not include a person who is not entitled to a probationary, continuing, or term contract under Education Code 21.002, an existing contract, or district policy.
Education Code 21.201(1)
If a district requires a person, by policy, job description, or contract, to hold a certificate issued under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter B, the district is required to employ the person under a term contract as provided by Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter E. Fields v. Alief Indep. Sch. Dist., Tex. Comm'r of Educ. Decision No. 006-R10-10-2014 (2015)
Probationary Contract Required
Before a teacher may be employed under a term contract, the teacher must be employed under a probationary contract for the period provided by Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter C [see DCA]. Education Code 21.202(a)
The district may employ a person as a principal or classroom teacher under a term contract if the person has experience as a public school principal or classroom teacher, respectively, regardless of whether the person is being employed by the district for the first time or whether a probationary contract would otherwise be required under Education Code 21.102. Education Code 21.202(b)
A term contract must be in writing and include the terms of employment prescribed by Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter E. The board may include other provisions in a term contract that are consistent with that subchapter. Each term contract is subject to the approval of the board.
The board shall provide each term contract employee with a copy of the employee's contract.
Education Code 21.204(a)–(d)
Once an employee has completed the probationary contract period, the duration of a term contract may not exceed five school years. Education Code 21.205
If the district has a website, the district shall place the board's employment policies on that website. At each school in the district, the board shall make a copy of the employment policies available for inspection at a reasonable time on request.
On request, the board shall also provide each term contract employee with a copy of the employment policies.
Education Code 21.204(d)
An employee does not have a property interest in a term contract beyond its term. Education Code 21.204(e)