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State Board Decisions

The State Board of Education decides appeals of decisions rendered by local boards of education in matters of school law pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-1160. The appeals primarily involve matters relating to student discipline and the discipline and termination of certificated personnel, although any matter of school law can be appealed. The State Board has been issuing written decisions in these appeals since the 1970's. Eventually all written decisions of the State Board will be posted on the web in a searchable format.

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1986-56 Howard B. Stroud vs. Daniel Lamar Bolt
(1) The burden rests with the teacher to establish that rehabilitation has been accomplished; (2) introduction of evidence...
1986-55 Michelle F. vs. Bibb Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
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1986-53 Rena West vs. Habersham Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
(1) Any matter arising after April 15 cannot be used as the basis for non-renewing a teacher’s contract; (2) in order for an act to constitute insubordination, some intent to disregard the orders of a superior must be shown on the part of the person alleg...
1986-52 Patricia Lees, Z. D. Studstill vs. Telfair Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
(1) The State Board of Education is only authorized to consider on appeal matters which have been raised before a local board. (2) Once a contested issue has been considered and decided by a local board, such will constitute a hearing sufficient for appea...
1986-51 Onna Musgrove vs. State Department of Education
This is an appeal by Onna Musgrove (hereinafter “Appellant”) from a decision of the State Department of Education (hereinafter “Department”) not to grant her a performance-based certificate after her non-renewable associate professional certificate...
1986-50 Mary Ann Fleming and Karen White vs. Walker County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Karen White and Mary Ann Fleming (hereinafter “Appellants”) from a decision of the Walker County Board of Education (hereinafter “Local Board”) that denied their request for additional pay....
1986-49 Ruth Moore vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Ruth Moore (hereinafter “Appellant”) from a decision of the Atlanta City Board of Education (hereinafter “Local Board”) not to renew her teaching contract for the 1986-1987 school year. Appellant...
1986-48 Derrick C. Smith vs. Wilkinson County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Derrick S. (hereinafter “Student”) from a decision of the Wilkinson County Board of Education (hereinafter “Local Board”) not to promote the Student to the sixth grade. The Student’s father (hereinafter “Appellant”) is representing...
1986-47 Betty C. Boys vs. Americus City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Betty C. Boys (hereinafter “Appellant”) from a decision of the Americus City Board of Education (hereinafter “Local Board”) not to renew her teaching contract for the 1986-1987 school year...
1986-46 Alexis H. vs. DeKalb Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
Where there is clear evidence that the student had alcohol in her locker, suspension for the remainder of the quarter was not an abuse of discretion....
1986-45 John O. Gee vs. Chatham Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
A local board does not have to show a basis for terminating an employee who is not employed under a contract....
1986-44 Raiford T. Cantrell vs. Bartow Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
O.C.G.A. § 20-2-211 grants local boards of education the author to make employee transfers between different schools without the recommendation of the local superintendent....
1986-43 Currahee Construction Company, Inc. vs. Rabun Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
A local board of education can determine that the lowest bidder who is financially capable of making restitution is not the lowest responsible bidder when the contractor has failed to make restitution on a previous project let by the local board and is in...
1986-42 Jenny Beth Peddle vs. Cobb Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
(1) Byrd, Case No. 1983-24, does not prevent a local board from instituting non-renewal proceedings in a subsequent year based upon the same facts as the original non-renewal proceeding when there has not been any decision on the merits; (2) a local board...
1986-41 Carolyn Knighton vs. Dougherty Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
(1) A local board of education is bound by the facts determined by the Professional Practices Commission tribunal; (2) failure to maintain control and improper maintenance of records does not rise to the level of willful neglect of duty; (3) failure to ma...
1986-40 McLean L. vs. Colquitt Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
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1986-38 Harvey R. vs. DeKalb Cnty. Bd. of Ed.
(1) Giving a notice of a hearing to a student rather than mailing it to the student’s parents does not violate the student’s due process rights when the parents receive the notice; (2) expulsion with an opportunity to attend an alternative school is not s...
1986-37 Shane W. vs. Gwinnett Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
(1) The time for filing a notice of appeal does not begin to run until the local board issues a decision in the proper form; (2) a local rule that does not inform a student that permissive conduct is prohibited if performed in the presence of a particular...
1986-36 Netra Wymbs vs. Clarke Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
Case No. 1986-35 is controlling....
1986-35 Agnes N. vs. Clarke Cnty. Bd. of Educ.
A local board policy that requires 160 days of attendance in order to obtain Carnegie units is not arbitrary and unreasonable; if a student does not attend class for the full 160 days, regardless of the reasons, then the local board is justified in denyin...
1986-34 Robert N. vs. Taylor Cnty. Bd. of Ed.
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1986-33 Andrew H. vs. DeKalb_Cnty Bd. of Educ.
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1986-32 Terry C. vs. Crawford County Bd. of Educ.
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1986-31 In re: William Tyus vs.
Petitioner failed to produce evidence he had taken required courses to qualify for L-6 (six-year leadership) certificate....
1986-30 In re: Kathryn M. Shaffer vs.
The State Department of Education is not required to provide a teacher with notice of why she was unqualified for a certificate....
1986-28 Lauren T. vs. Crispon County Bd. of Educ.
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1986-27 Allen T. vs. Irwin County Bd. of Educ.
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1986-26 Schockley vs. Morgan County Bd. of Educ.
An appeal will be entertained when a local board of education fails to take any action on a policy after it has heard evidence regarding a dispute concerning school law; it was not an abuse of discretion to have a policy prohibiting school buses from trav...
1986-25 Baker vs. Appling County Board of Educ.
A local board of education can impose disciplinary sanctions notwithstanding the fact the student has withdrawn from school after an incident but prior to a hearing....
1986-24 Alvin J. vs. Rome City Board of Educ.
A local board rule prohibiting the possession of “a knife or other object that can be considered a weapon” can include the possession of a small knife used as a fingernail cleaner; the State Board of Education will not substitute its judgment to determine...
1986-23 Kimberly H. vs. Bulloch County Bd. of Educ.
A local board rule prohibiting consumption of alcoholic beverages at school activities cannot be used as the basis for disciplining a student who consumed a wine cooler four hours before a prom dance and was not intoxicated when she arrived at the dance....
1986-22 Staples, et al. vs. Telfair County Bd. of Educ.
A local board decision to consolidate schools will not be overturned without a showing that the decision was illegal or arbitrary and capricious....
1986-21 Christopher S. vs. DeKalb County Bd. of Educ.
Admission by a student that he participated in condu that constitutes sodomy is sufficient to permit a local board to impose disciplinary measures notwithstanding the student was found not guilty by a juvenile court....
1986-20 Clarence H. vs. DeKaib County Bd. of Educ.
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1986-18 Kim J. vs. Walker County Bd. of Educ.
An appeal from a decision that does not involve a natter of local controversy in reference to the construction or administration of school law will be dismissed by the State Board of Education....
1986-17 Josh P. vs. Pickens County Bd. of Educ.
An appeal by a parent from the decision of a local board concerning the discipline of a teacher on charges of mistreating a student that does not state the basis for appeal will be dismissed by the State Board of Education....
1986-16 Misty W. vs. Walker County Bd. of Educ.
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1986-15 Shane T. vs. DeKalb County Bd. of Educ.
The search of a student’s car as the result of questioning the student and reports that the student was involved in vandalism incidents at the school did not violate the student’s due process rights; arguments not raised at the hearing below will not be h...
1986-14 Ronald H. vs. Muscogee County Bd. of Educ.
A local board policy that results in senior students being unable to attend their graduation but does not impose the same result on students in other grades for the same infraction is arbitrary and capricious....
1986-13 Chris vs.
DeKalb Count Bd. of Educ. (Student expulsion; dispensing drugs)...
1986-12 Peavy vs. Houston County Bd. of Educ.
Where an appeal has been filed from a local board rule requiring attendance at the school where the natural parents resides, the State Board of Education will dismiss the appeal when it is shown that the natural parent becomes a resident of the school dis...
1986-11 Roy S. vs. Bibb County Bd. of Educ.
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1986-10 Jessica Neville vs. Chatham County Board of Public Education
The notice of a hearing was adequate; there was evidence to support the local board’s decision to ate teacher’s contract upon a showing that she inappropriately handled an unruly student....
1986-08 Steve S. vs. Oqlethorpe County Bd. of Educ.
If a local board does not provide a hearing when a student has been suspended for ten days, the State Board of Education does not have jurisdiction to hear an appeal and order the local board to conduct a hearing; the student has legal remedies available....
1986-07 Tony G. vs. Bibb County Bd. of Educ.
The failure of a local board of education to appeal a decision of the Georgia High School Association is not an appealable decision; the State Board of Education does not have the authority to render a decision regarding the constitutionality of a rule or...
1986-06 Marlene P. vs. Jones County Board of Education
THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, after due consideration of the record submitted herein and the report of the Hearing Officer, a copy of which is attached hereto, and after a vote in open meeting DETERMINES AND ORDERS,...
1986-05 Ricky W. vs. Clayton County Bd. of Educ.
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1986-04 Jamie E. vs. Cobb County Bd. of Educ.
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1986-03 Faver vs. Fayette County Bd. of Educ.
Where there was testimony from a student that Appellant permitted the student to take a hotel room without charge while in the company of an unmarried female companion, and a state law exits making sexual intercourse between unmarried persons a misdemeano...
1986-02 Paige M. vs. Muscogee County School Board
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1986-01 Dunaway vs. Bibb County Bd. of Educ.
There was evidence to support the decision of the Local Board; a Local Board is not required to make findings of fact....