The Appellate Division affirmed Supreme Court's denying a probationary employee's [Petitioner] CPLR Article 78 petition seeking a court order annulling a city school district's terminating Petitioner's* employment.
The court opined that:
1. It perceived no basis for finding that Petitioner's termination "was for a constitutionally impermissible purpose, violative of a statute, or done in bad faith," citing Matter of Mendez v New York City Dept. of Educ., 28 NY3d 993;
2. Evidence in the record indicated that Petitioner received both "ineffective" and "developing" ratings on more than one occasion, supporting the conclusion that the determination to terminate him prior to the completion of his maximum probationary period was not made in bad faith;
3. Petitioner was given timely notice of the possibility that his probationary employment would be terminated as mandated by Education Law §2573*;
4. Petitioner was provided with support and any alleged deviations from internal procedures did not deprive him of a substantial right or undermine the fairness and integrity of the rating process followed by the school district; and
5. The record contained evidence of Petitioner's persistent and unresolved issues despite ongoing efforts by school administrators to help him improve his instructional methods.
* §2573 of the Education Law addresses the appointment and removal of probationary assistant, district or other superintendents, teachers and other employees employed by a city school district having 125,000 or more inhabitants.
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