Texas Education Agency unveils Do Not Hire Registry

This is the list, required under House Bill 3, the new school finance law, of educators who can’t be hired by school districts because they have a history of criminal misconduct or they are under investigation for misconduct.

TSTA believes some educators will be mistakenly placed on this list by administrators who fear being penalized for failure to crack down on suspected misconduct. So, we are repeating the advice we initially distributed after the law was enacted last spring: If you get any sort of notice that you are under investigation or being reported to TEA or the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC), contact the TSTA Help Center at 1-877-ASK-TSTA immediately. You can appeal your name being wrongfully placed on the list, effectively ending your career, but you have a short time period in which to do so.

Here is what TEA says about the Do Not Hire Registry.

This is the TSTA notification from last summer.

We will continue to monitor TEA’s rules and how the agency and SBEC enforce them.