The newly appointed Texas director of special education and her husband are facing a lawsuit that alleges she tried to cover up the sexual abuse of a student when she worked at a small school district in Oregon.

Laurie Kash joined the Texas Education Agency Aug. 15, with an annual salary of $125,004. On Nov. 14, two instructional assistants at Rainier School District north of Portland, Oregon filed a $1.8 million lawsuit against Rainier School District, Kash and Kash's husband and the school district's superintendent, Robert Michael Carter.

The suit states that when the instructional assistants received a graphic disclosure of sexual abuse from a 6-year-old student, Carter and Kash prohibited them from reporting the alleged abuse because "they had a personal relationship with the alleged abuser's caretaker and did not believe the student's disclosures."

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants followed Oregon law and reported the suspected abuse. The lawsuit states that following the report, Kash and Carter "engaged in a sustained campaign of harassment, abuse, and intimidation not only of the plaintiffs but also of one of the plaintiff's school-aged children."

When KVUE asked for a statement, a TEA spokesperson said the agency is aware of the issue.