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March 17, 2015

The appointing authority rather than the Commissioner of Education determines if a school employee should be subjected to disciplinary action


The appointing authority rather than the Commissioner of Education determines if a school employee should be subjected to disciplinary action
Appeal of L.J., on behalf of his daughter A.J. regarding employee discipline, Decisions of the Commissioner of Education, Decision No. 16,722

The parent-petitioner in this appeal challenged a determination of the superintendent of schools regarding certain alleged conduct toward his daughter by district employees. 

The Commissioner dismissed the appeal for a number of technical reasons but indicated that had the appeal been properly before him “To extent that petitioner seeks my intervention in obtaining an apology, he is in effect asking that I engage in some form of discipline against district staff.”

Citing Appeal of J.K., Decisions of the Commissioner, Decision No. 14,705 and Appeal of Lloyd, Decisions of the Commissioner, Decision No. 14,303, the Commissioner pointed out that it is the board of education that has the authority and responsibility to determine whether disciplinary action against a district employee is warranted, not the Commissioner of Education.

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