The Texas Education Agency has been ordered to pay more than $200,000 to a former employee who was fired after she complained about a multimillion-dollar, no-bid contract the agency had awarded.
A judge for the U.S. Department of Education ruled on Friday that former Texas special education director Laurie Kash’s complaints had led to her termination in November 2018.
Officials with the Texas Education Agency said Friday they plan to appeal the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The strength of TEA’s reasons for firing Kash are, at a minimum, murky and unconvincing,” federal administrative judge Robert Layton said in the ruling.