July 28, 2020

Appeal to the Commissioner of Education dismissed where Petitioner initiated litigation raising substantially similar claims and seeks substantially similar relief


Interim Commissioner of Education Shannon Tahoe* dismissed Petitioner's appeal challenging the  Board of Education's appointing a new Superintendent founded on allegations that the Board violated certain of its own policies in appointing the Superintendent. Without addressing the merits of Petitioner's appeal, the Commissioner dismissed the appeal "given the pendency of a related civil action."

Commissioner Tahoe explained that Petitioner commenced an action in Supreme Court, Westchester County raising substantially similar claims, and seeking substantially similar relief, as in the instant appeal.** In the civil action, Petitioner asked the court, among other things, to [1] vacated the Board's appointment of a new superintendent and [2] compel the Board to follow its own policies and procedures in the appointment of a new superintendent.

Citing Appeal of Moriarty, 57 Ed Dept Rep, Decision No. 17,265, among other decisions of the Commissioner of Education, Commissioner Tahoe said "Under these circumstances, it would be contrary to the orderly administration of justice for the Commissioner to decide claims that [P]etitioner has elected to raise in Supreme Court, particularly where she seeks the same relief that she seeks in this proceeding," and dismissed Petitioner's appeal.

* Commissioner Tahoe has submitted her resignation as interim Commissioner, to take effect August 13, 2020, to the Board of Regents.

** See Minaya v. City School District of New Rochelle., et. al., Index. No. 67873/2019, filed Oct. 26, 2019.

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