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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jurisdiction of the Commissioner to consider an appeal concerning a matter being grieved


Jurisdiction of the Commissioner to consider an appeal concerning a matter being grieved
Mennella v Uniondale UFSD, Comm. Ed. Decision 14245

Among the issues presented to the Commissioner of Education in this appeal were two that Uniondale contended concerned grievances that Mennella had previously filed with the district.

The the Commissioner considered the district's "jurisdiction argument" -- i.e., did the Commissioner have jurisdiction to consider those issues that were "pending grievances."

The Commissioner responded to the district's challenge to his jurisdiction by noting that "[i]t is well established that a school employee who elects to submit an issue for resolution through a contractual grievance procedure may not elect to bring an appeal to the Commissioner of Education for review of the same matter," citing Commack Union Free School District v Ambach, 70 NY2d 501.

The Commissioner then decided that the grievances had not raised the same issues that Mennella had raised in her appeal. Accordingly, he concluded that he had jurisdiction to consider her appeal. 

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http://www.counsel.nysed.gov/Decisions/volume39/d14245.htm

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