A teacher sued a school district, alleging that the district improperly deducted fees from his paycheck. The teacher had previously retired, but was later rehired. The district initially made the required contributions to TRS. However, it later changed its policies and began passing on the TRS fees for him and other retire/rehire teachers. The district sent the teacher a letter, directing him to sign a form consenting to the deductions, but the teacher refused to sign it. The district deducted the fees from his paycheck anyway. The teacher sued the school district, asking the court to determine whether the district could legally deduct the fees from his paycheck without his written consent.

The case was appealed to the 13th Court of Appeals. The court ruled that it could not decide whether or not the district had acted lawfully, because the teacher had not “exhausted administrative remedies.” In other words, the teacher did not file a grievance and appeal it to the commissioner of education before filing the lawsuit. Doing this is a required step that must be taken before filing a lawsuit against a school district in most cases.