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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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2005-63 Keene Walker vs. Fulton County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Keene Walker (Appellant) from the May 10, 2005, decision by the Fulton County Board of Education (Local Board) to suspend him with pay for ten days and without pay for the remainder of the 2004-2005 school year after finding him guilty of inciting or encouraging his students to stage a protest and disrupt the operation of the school in violation of O.C.G.A. § 20 2 940(a)(5). Appellant claims that he was improperly suspended by his principal, that the Local Superintendent improperly charged him, and that there was no evidence that he encouraged his students to stage a protest. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-62 A.B. vs. Butts County Board of Education
This is an appeal by A. B. (Student) from a decision by the Butts County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to suspend the Student from school during the last month of the 2004-2005 school year after finding her guilty of chronic disrespect and aggressive behavior. The Student claims that the Local Board failed to consider that she is eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. Secs. 1400 et seq. (the "Act" or "IDEA") and the punishment was too severe. The suspension period is over and the State Board of Education cannot provide the Student with any relief. Accordingly, the appeal is dismissed as moot....
2005-61 B.N. vs. Habersham County Board of Education
This is an appeal by B. N. (Student) from a decision by the Habersham County Board of Education (Local Board) to expel him from regular school until the end of the first semester of the 2005-2006 school year, with the option of attending an alternative school during the first semester of the 2005-2006 school year, after a student disciplinary tribunal found him guilty of sexually harassing several female students. The Student claims that the evidence submitted to the tribunal was improper. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-60 Larry Neace vs. Gwinnett County Board Of Education BOARD OF EDUCATION
This is an appeal by Larry Neace (Appellant) from a decision by the Gwinnett County Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate his teaching contract after finding him guilty of insubordination, willful neglect of duty, and for other good and sufficient cause under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20 2 940(a). This is a case of first impression regarding the interpretation of language in O.C.G.A. § 20 2 940(a) concerning the termination of a teacher’s contract for refusing to alter a grade. Appellant claims that his refusal to follow his principal’s directive to follow the Local Board’s policy that prevents the use of grades as a disciplinary measure did not constitute insubordination because he feared for his teaching certificate. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-57,58,59 C.B., D.B., J.B. vs. Gwinnett County Board of Education
The appeals of C. B., D. B., and J. B. (Students), who are siblings, have been consolidated because the disciplinary actions they are appealing arose from the same incident and similar charges. C. B. and D. B. appeal a finding by a student disciplinary tribunal that they were guilty of posturing to fight and failure to follow written instructions. In addition, D. B. appeals the finding by the tribunal that she was rude and disrespectful and that she caused a disruption in the school. J. B. appeals from a decision by the Gwinnett County Board of Education (Local Board) to assign her to an alternative school through the end of the first semester of the 2005-2006 school year after a student disciplinary tribunal found her guilty of creating a school disturbance, using profanity, posturing to fight, failing to follow written instructions, and of having chronic discipline problems. The Student claims that they did not posture to fight and did not fail to follow written directions....
2005-56 Arcenio Lopez vs. Terrell County Board of Education
Upon written request of Appellant, the appeal filed in this case is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-55 Dianne Taylor vs. Mitchell County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Dianne Taylor (Appellant) from a decision by the Mitchell County Board of Education (Local Board) that denied her grievance that her principal had harassed and retaliated against her. Appellant claims that she was denied due process because the Local Board’s grievance procedures do not comply with state law. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-54 E.J. vs. Henry County Board of Education
This is an appeal by E. J. (Student) from a decision by the Henry County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel her until the end of the first semester of the 2005-2006 school year, with the option of attending an alternative school during the expulsion period, after finding her guilty of possessing an alcoholic beverage on campus and of giving an alcoholic beverage to another student. The Student claims that she suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and should not be removed from the school. Additionally, she claims that she was improperly punished more than the other student who was involved in the incident. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-53 Sharon Brawner vs. Marietta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Sharon Brawner (Appellant) from a decision by the Marietta City Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate her teaching contract because of insubordination and other good and sufficient cause under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20 2 940. Appellant claims that there was no evidence to support the Local Board’s finding. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-52 Robert W. Gill vs. Muscogee County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Robert W. Gill (Appellant) from a decision by the Muscogee County Board of Education (Local Board) that denied him any relief on a grievance he filed in which he claimed that his principal discriminated against him because of his race, gender and disability. Appellant claims that he was denied representation of his choice, the hearing officer improperly conducted his hearing, and the Local Board failed to notify him of his right to appeal. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-51 Khalilah Al-Amin vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Khalilah Al-Amin (Appellant) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education not to renew her contract as a teacher after finding her guilty of insubordination, willful neglect of duties, and other good and sufficient cause under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20 2 940. Appellant failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-50 Gerald Nelson vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Gerald Nelson (Appellant) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education (Local Board) not to renew his contract. The Local Board’s decision followed the State Board of Education’s decision to reverse a previous decision of the Local Board not to renew Appellant’s contract because the Local Board had not presented any evidence to support the charges against Appellant. Nelson v. Atlanta City Board of Educ., Case No. 2005-18 (Ga. SBE, Feb. 10, 2005). Rather than accept the State Board of Education’s decision, the Local Board issued an "amended decision," ostensibly to correct the errors found by the State Board of Education. ...
2005-49 T.H. vs. Bryan County Board of Education
This is an appeal by T. H. (Student) from a decision by the Bryan County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school for the remainder of the 2004-2005 school year after finding him guilty of having ammunition on the campus. Because the period of expulsion has passed, and the Student has graduated from high school, the State Board of Education cannot provide the Student with any relief and the issues raised are moot. Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-48 J.R. vs. Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education
This is an appeal by J. R. (Student) from a decision by the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him permanently from regular school after finding him guilty of fighting one day after returning from a previous suspension. The Student failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The Student’s appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-47 Annett Miles vs. Fulton County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Annette Miles (Appellant) from a decision by the Fulton County Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate her contract as part of a reduction in force program. Appellant claims that the Local Board failed to follow its own procedures in deciding to terminate her contract. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-46 T.B. vs. Bacon County Board of Education
This is an appeal by T. B. (Student) from a decision by the Bacon County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school until the end of the first semester of the 2005-2006 school year after finding him guilty of sending vulgar messages to numerous computers within the school system. The Student failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The Student’s appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby dismissed....
2005-45 Fredonia Ray vs. Lowndes County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Fredonia Ray (Appellant) from a decision by the Lowndes County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision by the Local Superintendent to issue a letter of reprimand to Appellant. The Local Superintendent issued the letter...
2005-44 Judy Martin vs. Lowndes County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Judy Martin (Appellant) from a decision by the Lowndes County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of the Local Superintendent to put a letter of reprimand in her personnel file concerning the manner in which she co...
2005-43 Ulysses Marable vs. Lowndes County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Ulysses Marable (Appellant) from a decision by the Lowndes County Board of Education (Local Board) not to remove a letter of reprimand issued by the Local Superintendent from his personnel file. Appellant claims that there was no evid...
2005-42 B.H. vs. Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education
This is an appeal by B. H. (Student) from a decision by the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school until the second day of the first semester of t...
2005-41 R.L. vs. Griffin Spalding County Board of Education
This is an appeal by R. L. (Student) from a decision by the Griffin-Spalding County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school until the second day of the first semester of the 2005-2006 s...
2005-40 D.G. vs. Pickens County Board of Education
This is an appeal by D. G. (Student) from a decision by the Pickens County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel her from regular school until the beginning of the second semester of the 2005-2...
2005-39 C.R. vs. Bulloch County Board of Education
This is an appeal by C. R. (Student) from a decision by the Bulloch County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel her until the second semester of the 2005-2006 school year after finding her gui...
2005-38 Larhon Jackson vs. Early County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Larhon Jackson (Appellant) from a decision by the Early County Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate her teaching contract after finding her guilty of unprofessional conduct when she struck another teacher and called the other...
2005-37 G.S. vs. Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education
This is an appeal by G. S. (Student), a third grader, from a decision by the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary hearing officer to expel him from regular school until the beginning of ...
2005-36 P.S. vs. Gwinnett County Board of Education
This is an appeal by P. S. (Student) from a decision by the Gwinnett County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school until June 1, 2005, with the option of attending an alternative school during the expulsion period, after finding him guilty of making a threat against another student. The Student failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The Student’s appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-35 O.L. vs. Gwinnett County Board of Education
This is an appeal by O. L. (Student) from a decision by the Gwinnett County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school and assign him to an alternative school until December 2, 2005, after finding him guilty of disrupting the school, being absent from class without permission, making a threat, and for chronic disciplinary problems. The Student, apparently, claims that the punishment is too harsh. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-34 Theo Ivey, Jr., vs. Thomas County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Theo Ivey, Jr. (Appellant) from a decision by the Thomas County Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate his teaching contract after finding him guilty of insubordination, willful neglect of duties, and other good and sufficient causes. Appellant claims that there was no evidence to support the Local Board’s decision. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-33 L.S. vs. Henry County Board of Education
This is an appeal by L. S. (Student) from a decision by the Henry County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel her from regular school until the end of the 2004-2005 school year after finding her guilty of fighting in school. The Student failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The Student’s appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-32 Elizabeth Wall vs. Dodge County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Elizabeth Wall (Appellant) from a decision by the Dodge County Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate her teaching contract based upon charges of insubordination, willful neglect of duties, inciting, encouraging, or counseling students to violate the law or Local Board policies, and any other good and sufficient cause under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20-2-940. Appellant claims that there was insufficient evidence to sustain the charges. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-31 Aaron Tookes vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Aaron Tookes (Appellant) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate his contract after a tribunal found him not guilty of the charge of immorality. Appellant claims that the Local Board’s decision was arbitrary and capricious and without any basis because the tribunal found that the evidence did not support the charges. The Local Board’s decision is reversed....
2005-30 Lester D. Caldwell vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Lester D. Caldwell (Appellant) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education (Local Board) to dismiss him after finding him guilty of immorality under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20-2-940. Appellant failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-29 Howard Broughton vs. Troup County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Howard Broughton (Appellant) from a decision by the Troup County Board of Education (Local Board) not to grant him a hearing to consider an appeal from a decision by a student disciplinary tribunal that involved a student whom Appellant claims is his daughter. The appeal is dismissed because the State Board of Education lacks jurisdiction to consider the matter....
2005-28 C. L. vs. Cobb County Board of Education
This is an appeal by C. L. (Student) from a decision by the Cobb County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary hearing officer to expel him until the end of the 2004-2005 school year, but granting him the option of attending an alternative school during the expulsion period, after finding him guilty of committing battery against another student. The Student contends that there was no evidence to support the Local Board’s decision, that only hearsay evidence was presented to the hearing officer, and he was denied due process because he did not have the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-27 Barbara Bryant vs. Dougherty County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Barbara Bryant (Appellant) from a decision by the Dougherty County Board of Education (Local Board) to deny her grievance, which she filed because she was not selected for the position of Director of Federal Programs/School Improvement. The bulk of Appellant’s complaints are that the Local Board failed to follow its own grievance procedures. Appellant, however, has not raised any issue that involves the construction or administration of school law. Accordingly, the State Board of Education lacks jurisdiction to consider the appeal and it is therefore dismissed....
2005-26 S. H. vs. Henry County Board of Education
This is an appeal by S. H. (Student) from a decision by the Henry County Board of Education (Local Board) to expel her until the end of the 2004-2005 school year, with the option of attending an alternative school during her expulsion period, after a student disciplinary tribunal found her guilty of striking a school resource officer and suspended her until the end of the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year. The Student argues that she did not know that she was striking a resource officer. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-25 T. P. vs. Henry County Board of Education
This is an appeal by T. P. (Student) from a decision by the Henry County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary hearing officer to expel him until the end of the 2004-2005 school year after finding him guilty of fighting. The Student claims that he only acted in self-defense and the Local Board’s failure to recognize self-defense is an unconstitutional deprivation of his due process rights. The Local Board’s decision is reversed....
2005-24 B.W. vs. Hall County Board of Education
This is an appeal by B. W. (Student) from a decision by the Hall County Board of Education (Local Board) to expel him from regular school for the remainder of the 2004-2005 school year with the option of attending an alternative school during his expulsion period after a student disciplinary tribunal found him guilty of battery against another student and suspended him for the remainder of the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year. The Student claims that he acted in self-defense. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-23 E.M. vs. Henry County Board of Education
This is an appeal by E. M. (Student) from a decision by the Henry County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school until the end of the first semester of the 2005-2006 school year, with the option of attending an alternative school during the first semester of the 2005-2006 school year, after the tribunal found him guilty of possessing a weapon on campus. The Student claims that it is unconstitutional to expel him from school. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-22 J.W. vs. Houston County Board of Education
This is an appeal by J. W. (Student) from a decision by the Houston County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school until the end of the 2004-2005 school year and assign him to an alternative school during his expulsion period after the tribunal found him guilty of chronic disruptive behavior. The Student claims that the transcript was improperly prepared and that the Local Board failed to record its proceedings. The decision of the Local Board is sustained....
2005-21 T.B. vs. Henry County Board of Education
This is an appeal by T. B. (Student) from a decision by the Henry County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to suspend him for ten days after finding him guilty of sexual misconduct and using vulgar and profane language. The Student claims there was no evidence to support the charges. The appeal is dismissed as moot since the suspension period has passed and the State Board of Education cannot provide the Student with any relief....
2005-20 J.D. vs. Henry County Board of Education
This is an appeal by J. D. (Student) from a decision by the Henry County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to suspend him in-school for ten days after finding him guilty of inappropriate physical contact. The Student claims that the rule is unconstitutionally overbroad because it does not inform students in advance what touching is prohibited. While the Student’s claim may have merit, his appeal is moot because the period of his suspension is past and the State Board of Education cannot grant him any relief. Accordingly, the Student’s appeal is dismissed....
2005-19 L.S. vs. Johnson County Board of Education
This is an appeal by L. S. (Student) from a decision by the Johnson County Board of Education (Local Board) to assign her to an alternative school for the remainder of the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year after a student disciplinary tribunal had found her guilty of creating a school disturbance and disorderly conduct. The tribunal had decided to place the Student on probation so the Local Board’s decision represented an increase in the Student’s punishment. The Student claims that the Local Board’s decision results in punishment for an offense she was never charged with. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-18 Gerald Nelson vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Gerald Nelson (Appellant) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education (Local Board) not to renew his contract as a principal for the 2004-2005 school year after a tribunal found evidence that he was guilty of willful neglect of duties and insubordination. Appellant claims that the Atlanta School System (Local System) failed to present evidence to support a finding of willful neglect of duty or insubordination. The Local Board's decision is reversed....
2005-17 Todd Downs vs. Cobb County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Todd Downes (Appellant) from a decision by the Cobb County Board of Education (Local Board) to suspend him for 20 days without pay after finding that he failed to follow its policies regarding the handling of money. Shortly after the Local Board issued its decision, Appellant was relieved of his coaching duties. Appellant claims that the evidence does not support the Local Board’s decision and the loss of his coaching duties. The Local Board’s decision is reversed....
2005-16 T.W. vs. Charlton County Board of Education
This is an appeal by T. W. (Student) from a decision by the Charlton County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school through the end of the 2003-2004 school year with assignment to an alternative school during the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year after finding him guilty of damaging school property and committing a criminal violation. The Student failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The Student’s appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-15 A.M. vs. Gwinnett County Board of Education
This is an appeal by A. M. (Student) from a decision by the Gwinnett County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to suspend him from regular school until January 1, 2005, with the option of attending an alternative school during his suspension, after the tribunal found him guilty of smoking a cigarette and marijuana and being absent from school without permission. The Student claims that there was no credible evidence that he used any marijuana. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-14 Charlotte Collins vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Charlotte Collins (Appellant) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education to assign her to a teaching position from her position as an instructional liaison specialist based upon any other good and sufficient cause under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20-2-940. Appellant maintains that the Local Board’s action constitutes a demotion, thus requiring a showing of cause, which the Local Board failed to provide. The Local Board argues that Appellant did not have a property right in the position of instruction liaison specialist, thus negating any need to show cause. The Local Board’s decision is reversed....
2005-13 David Johnson vs. Dougherty County Board of Education
This is an appeal by David Johnson (Appellant) from a decision by the Dougherty County Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate his teaching contract based upon immorality and other good and sufficient cause. Appellant claims that the Local Board denied him due process. The appeal is dismissed because it was not timely filed....
2005-12 M.L. vs. Gwinnett County Board of Education
This is an appeal by M. L. (Student) from a decision by the Gwinnett County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him from regular school until May 27, 2005 after finding him guilty of making inappropriate sexual gestures in the presence of a female student. The Student failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The Student’s appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby dismissed....
2005-11 Tavorn Strassburger vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Tavorn Strassburger (Appellant) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education (Local Board) not to renew her contract as a vocational supervisor for the 2004-2005 school year because of a reduction in staff due to a loss of students or cancellation of programs and for any other good and sufficient cause under the provisions of O.C.G.A. §20-2-940. Appellant claims that the tribunal that heard her case was biased because it had previously heard and decided a similar case. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-10 Theodore Wolf vs. Fulton County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Theodore Wolf (Appellant) from a decision by the Fulton County Board of Education (Local Board) to demote him based on other good and sufficient cause under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20-2-940. Appellant claims that the Local Board failed to provide him with a charge letter within 14 days after he requested a hearing, thus causing his previous contract to be statutorily renewed. Appellant also claims that the charge letter showed on its face that there was no basis for demoting him. The Local Board's decision is reversed....
2005-09 L.M. vs. Gwinnett County Board of Education
This is an appeal by L. M. (Student) from a decision by the Gwinnett County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him until December 31, 2004 from regular school after finding him guilty of cheating on a computer test. The Student claims he was not given proper notice that he could be expelled, that the Local Board did not have the authority to expel him, and the punishment is too harsh. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-08 Velma Cooper and James V. Berto vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Velma Cooper and James V. Berto (Appellants) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education (Local Board) not to renew their contracts as vocational supervisors under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20-2-940(a)(8), any other good and sufficient cause, due to a reorganization. Appellants claim that the hearing tribunal was biased, that the evidence failed to support the Local Board’s decision, and the Local Board failed to follow the procedures of the Fair Dismissal Act, O.C.G.A. § 20-2-940 et seq. The Local Board’s decision is reversed....
2005-07 Lionel Goode vs. Atlanta City Board of Education
This is an appeal by Lionel Goode (Appellant) from a decision by the Atlanta City Board of Education (Local Board) not to renew his teaching contract for the 2004-2005 school year because of insubordination and willful neglect of duties under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20-2-940. Appellant claims that the Local School System denied him due process because the charge letter failed to provide him the ability to present a defense and the evidence did not support the charges. The Local Board’s decision is reversed....
2005-06 N.G. vs. Harris County Board of Education
This is an appeal by N. G. (Student) from a decision by the Harris County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to suspend her until the end of the 2003-2004 school year and place her on probation during the first semester of the 2004-2005 school year after finding her guilty of disrupting the school by threatening another student. The Student claims that the tribunal erred by making inconsistent findings and that the evidence did not support the charges. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-05 K. L. vs. Cobb County Board of Education
This is an appeal by K. L. (Student) from a decision by the Cobb County Board of Education to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to suspend her from regular school for ten days after finding her guilty of pushing a teacher. Because the period of suspension has passed, the State Board of Education cannot provide the Student with any relief and the issues raised are moot. In addition, the Student failed to file a brief or request oral argument. The Student’s appeal, therefore, is deemed to have been abandoned. Chris M. v. McIntosh Cnty. Bd. of Educ., Case No. 1995-47 (Ga. SBE, Jan. 11, 1996). Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-04 D.M. vs. Henry County Board of Education
This is an appeal by D. M. (Student) from a decision by the Henry County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to suspend him for two days after finding him guilty of exposing himself in the school lunchroom. The Student claims that the evidence does not support the decision and the Local Board’s policy is unconstitutionally vague. The appeal is dismissed because the suspension period is over and the State Board of Education cannot provide the Student with any relief....
2005-03 A.G. vs. Gwinnett County Board of Education
This is an appeal by A.G. (Student) from a decision by the Gwinnett County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to expel him until January 1, 2005 after finding him guilty of fighting and several related infractions. The Student claims that the punishment was too harsh since he was merely acting in self-defense. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....
2005-02 K.H. vs. Early County Board of Education
This is an appeal by K. H. (Student) from a decision by the Early County Board of Education (Local Board) to uphold the decision of a student disciplinary tribunal to assign him to three days of in-school suspension after finding him guilty of having a weapon on campus. The Local Board made its decision on June 8, 2004, but the Student failed to file an appeal until sometime after July 9, 2004. The appeal, therefore, was made at least 31 days after the Local Board made its decision. O.C.G.A. § 20-2-1160 provides that appeals from decisions of local boards of education have to be made within 30 days after the date of the local board’s decision. Since the Student failed to file within 30 days after the Local Board made its decision, the State Board of Education is without jurisdiction to consider his appeal. Accordingly, the appeal is hereby DISMISSED....
2005-01 Gwendale Gaines vs. Bibb County Board of Education
This is an appeal by Gwendale Gaines (Appellant) from a decision by the Bibb County Board of Education (Local Board) to terminate her teaching contract after finding her guilty of other good and sufficient causes under the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 20-2-940(a) because she struck a student several times in retaliation for the student striking her. Appellant claims that she was acting in self-defense and that the witnesses did not tell the truth. The Local Board’s decision is sustained....