EXPERIENCE

Janet Horton has represented public schools since 1980. A former public school teacher, Ms. Horton has extensive experience in all facets of school law.  Ms. Horton assists school districts with all aspects of employment law including grievances, non renewals, claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, terminations and EEOC charges.  She works with school boards on policy development, Open Meetings Act issues and the negotiation of superintendents’ contracts.  She assists schools with Public Information Act questions and all issues regarding students including student discipline, constitutional rights, and complaints to the United States Office of Civil Rights under Section 504.  Ms. Horton has significant experience in representing school districts in all aspects of disputes involving the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Ms. Horton represents schools in state and federal court, in special education due process hearings, and before the Texas Education Agency. She also represents schools in appellate matters in state and federal court. At the state and federal level, Ms. Horton advises lawmakers of the concerns of public school clients regarding legislative matters, especially those dealing with special education.

Ms. Horton is a founding partner of Thompson & Horton LLP.  Previously Ms. Horton was an attorney at Bracewell, a partner in the Public Law Section, and head of the Section for a number of years.  A long-time member of many school law profession organizations, Ms. Horton is past chair of the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and a past member of the Board of Directors of both the Council of School Attorneys of the National School Boards Association, and the Education Law Association.  She is the past chair of the Texas Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys.  A graduate of the University of Texas and the University of Texas School of Law, Ms. Horton has been named a Texas Monthly Super Lawyer yearly since 2014. Ms. Horton is a frequent speaker on school law issues at both the state and national level.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Education Law Association, 2014 – Co-Author – A Documentation System for Teacher Improvement or Termination – Seventh Edition

National School Boards Association, 2009, Publication, Co-Author – The ADA Amendments Act

Region 4 Education Service Center, 2007, Co-Author –  Assistive Technology: A Legal Perspective

Region IV Education Service Center, 2006 – IDEA ’04 Proportionate Share Project Interim Guidance Document and Forms

Region IV Education Service Center, 2004 – Update to The IDEA and Private School Children with Disabilities

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

The GCASE Law Conference – December 13, 2018 – Legislative Agenda 2019: Forecast for Educators

28th TCASE – Legal Digest Conference on Special Education Law – New Braunfels and Arlington – April 8 and 29, 2014 – Legal Issues and Practical Strategies in Student Transition Plans

ELA Spring 2014 Seminar – March 28, 2014 – Making Defensible Employment Decisions