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Teacher Tenure Appeal Opinions

Teacher Tenure Appeal Opinions are decisions by the Secretary of Education regarding appeals from professional employees, as that term is defined in the Public School Code, who have been demoted or dismissed from employment by a local board of school directors.

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1971Dudas, Virginia v. Monessen City (TTA 197)
Virginia Dudas has appealed from a decision of the Monessen City School Board holding that she was not demoted.
Keywords
197, Virginia Dudas, Monessen City School District, demotion
1971Goetz, Barbara v. Norristown Area SD (TTA 194)
Barbara Goetz has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Norristown Area School District terminating her contract and dismissing her as a professional employee.

*pregnancy
Keywords
194, Barbara Goetz, Norristown Area School District, termination, dismissal, persistent and willful violation of school laws, pregnancy
1971Gregart, Eva v. Center Area SD (TTA 204)
Eva Gregart has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Center Area School District terminating her contract and dismissing her as a professional employee.
Keywords
204, Eva Gregart, Center Area School District, termination, dismissal, incompetency, persistent and willful violation of school laws
1971Justice, James v. Fairfield Area SD (TTA 199)
James Justice has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Fairfield Area School District terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
199, James Justice, Fairfield Area School District, termination, dismissal, incompetency, cruelty, corporal punishment, persistent and willful violation of school laws
1971Rowe, C. Alan v. Rose Tree Media SD (TTA 196)
C. Alan Row has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Rose Tree Media School District terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
196, C. Alan Rowe, Alan Rowe, Rose Tree Media School District, termination, dismissal, persistent and willful violation of school laws
1971Schultz, Anthony P. v. Lower Merion SD (TTA 195)
Anthony P. Schultz has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Lower Merion School District terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
195, Anthony P. Schultz, Anthony Schultz, Lower Merion School District, termination, dismissal, certification, professional employee
1972Albrecht, Jr., Erwin F. v. Abington SD (TTA 206)
Erwin F. Albrecht, Jr. has appealed from a decision of demotion by the Board of School Directors of the Abington School District.
Keywords
206, Erwin F. Albrecht, Jr., Erwin Albrecht, Abington School District, demotion, Administrators
1972Bilotta, Frank v. Easton Area SD (TTA 210)
Frank Bilotta has appealed from a decision of demotion by the Board of School Directors of the Easton Area School District.
Keywords
210, Frank Bilotta, Easton Area School District, demotion, discriminatory, realignment
1972Fino, John M. v. Colonial SD (TTA 208)
John M. Fino has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Colonial School District terminating a yearly contract as Chairman of the Music Department in the Whitemarsh Junior High School.  Appellant further avers that the action of the School Board constituted an improper demotion in position and salary.
Keywords
208, John M. Fino, John Fino, Colonial School District, demotion, termination
1972Hamburg, Bernice I. v. North Penn SD (TTA 198)
Bernice I. Hamburg appeals the decision of the Board of School Directors of the North Penn School District from a decision refusing her a hearing on an alleged demotion.
Keywords
198, Bernice I. Hamburg, Bernice Hamburg, North Penn School District, demotion, due process
1972Johnson, Ervin E. v. Philadelphia City SD (TTA 205)
Ervin E. Johnson has appealed from a decision of discharge by the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia.
Keywords
205, Ervin E. Johnson, Ervin Johnson, Philadelphia City School District, suspension, incompetency, persistent negligence, persistent and willful violation of school laws
1972Kauffman, Marjorie S. v. Tuscarora SD (TTA 212)
Marjorie S. Kauffman has appealed from a resolution of demotion by the Board of School Directors of the Tuscarora School District and their refusal to grant her a hearing on her demotion pursuant to Section 1151 of the Public School Code.
Keywords
212, Marjorie S. Kauffman, Marjorie Kauffman, Tuscarora School District, demotion, due process
1972Morandini, James v. Kiski Area SD (TTA 202)
James Morandini has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Kiski Area School District terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
202, James Morandini, Kiski Area School District, termination, dismissal, incompetency
1972Stroman, Mary D. v. Harrisburg SD (TTA 207)
Mary D. Stroman has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Harrisburg School District terminating her contract and dismissing her as a professional employee.
Keywords
207, Mary D. Stroman, Mary Stroman, Harrisburg City School District, termination, dismissal, persistent negligence, persistent and willful violation of school laws
1973Allen, Virginia v. Northeastern Beaver SD (TTA 213)
Virginia Allen has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Northeastern Beaver County School District terminating her contract and dismissing her as a professional employee.
Keywords
213, Virginia Allen, Northeastern Beaver County School District, termination, dismissal, sick leave, professional employee, timeliness
1973George, Veronica M. v. Union Area SD (TTA 232)
Veronica M. George has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Union Area School District terminating her employment as a teacher in the district.
Keywords
232, Veronica M. George, Veronica George, Union Area School District, termination, professional employee, jurisdiction
1973Gossy, Guido J. v. Allentown City SD (TTA 227)
Guido J. Gossy has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Allentown School District demoting him from his position as Junior High School Principal to a teaching position.
Keywords
227, Guido J. Gossy, Guido Gossy, Allentown City School District, demotion, timeliness
1973Harris, Orville v. Philadelphia City SD (TTA 219)
Orville Harris has appealed from a decision of the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
219, Orville Harris, Philadelphia City School District, termination, dismissal, corporal punishment, incompetency, persistent and willful violation of school laws
1973Irwin, Donald B. v. Greater Johnstown SD (TTA 222)
Donald B. Irwin has appealed from the action of the Board of School Directors of the Greater Johnstown School District removing him form his position as Principal of Johnstown Central High School and assigning him to the position of Principal of Garfield Junior High School.
Keywords
222, Donald B. Irwin, Donald Irwin, Greater Johnstown School District, administrators, demotion, jurisdiction
1973Katter, Mary Olive v. Greater Johnstown SD (TTA 221)
Mary Olive Katter has appealed from the action of the Board of School Directors of the Greater Johnstown School District removing her from her position as Chairman of the English Department.
Keywords
221, Mary Olive Katter, Greater Johnstown School District, arbitrary, demotion, jurisdiction
1973Kemmerer, Donald W. v. Pine Grove Area SD (TTA 223)
Donald W. Kemmerer has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Pine Grove Area School District terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
223, Donald W. Kemmerer, Donald Kemmerer, Pine Grove Area School District, termination, dismissal, certification
1973Kobeski, Leonard J. v. Lackawanna Trail SD (TTA 200)
Leonard J. Kobeski has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of Lackawanna Trail School District rejecting his claim that he was demoted.
Keywords
200, Leonard J. Kobeski, Leonard Kobeski, Lackawanna Trail School District, demotion, administrators
1973Marra, Frank W. v. Mid-Valley SD (TTA 238)
Frank W. Marra has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Mid-Valley School District that he is entitled to sixty-two (62) days of unused, accumulated sick leave.
Keywords
238, Frank W. Marra, Frank Marra, Sick leave, Mid-Valley School District
1973Reese, George R. v. Elwood City Area SD (TTA 215)
George R. Reese has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Ellwood City Area School District terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
215, George R. Reese, George Reese, Ellwood City Area School District, termination, dismissal, administrators, incompetency
1974Burns, Beulah L. v. Chester Upland SD (TTA 216)
Beulah L. Burns has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Chester Upland School District terminating her contract and dismissing her as a professional employee.
Keywords
216, Beulah L. Burns, Beulah Burns, Chester Upland School District, termination, dismissal,  bias, due process, sufficient evidence
1974Grossman, Roslyn v. Allentiwn City SD (TTA 214)
Roslyn Grossman has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Allentown School District terminating her contract and dismissing her as a temporary professional employee.
Keywords
214, Rosyln Grossman, Allentown City School District, termination, dismissal, professional employee, certification
1974Higginbotham, Betty M. v. Charleroi Area SD (TTA 229)
Betty M. Higginbotham has appealed from the decision of the Charleroi Area School District terminating her services as a school psychologist.
Keywords
229, Betty M. Higginbotham, Betty Higginbotham, Charleroi Area School District, termination, professional employee
1974Kauffman, Marjorie S. v. Tuscarora SD (TTA 228)
Marjorie S. Kauffman has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Tuscarora School District assigning her to a teaching position.  The Appellant contends the assignment constitutes an improper demotion.
Keywords
228, Marjorie Kauffman, Marjorie S. Kauffman, Tuscarora School District, demotion, sufficient evidence
1974Lipperini, JoEllen v. Wayne Highlands SD (TTA 235)
JoEllen Lipperini has appealed the termination of her employment as a kindergarten teacher with the Wayne Highlands School District.
Keywords
235, JoEllen Lipperini, Wayne Highlands School District, termination, professional employee
1974McCormick, Eleanor v. Charleroi Area SD (TTA 230)
Eleanor McCormick has appealed from the action of the School Directors of the Charleroi Area School District removing her from the position of Remedial Reading Supervisor and assigning her to regular classroom duties; which action she contends constitutes a demotion.
Keywords
230, Eleanor McCormick, Charleroi Area School District, demotion, sufficient evidence
1974Shue, Franklin B. v. Cornell SD (TTA 243)
B. Franklin Shue has appealed from the action of the Board of School Directors of the Cornell School District removing him as Band Director, and from the Board’s refusal to grant him a hearing on this action, requested pursuant to Section 1151 of the Public School Code of 1949, as amended.
Keywords
243, B. Franklin Shue, Franklin Shue, Cornell School District, demotion
1974Smeltz, Kenneth v. Blue Mountain SD (TTA 225)
Kenneth Smeltz has appealed from a decision of the Board of School Directors of the Blue Mountain School District terminating his services as music teacher and band director.
Keywords
225, Kenneth Smeltz, Blue Mountain School District, termination, substitutes
1974Weidman, Neal B. V. Schuylkill Haven SD (TTA 220)
Neil B. Weidman has appealed form the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Schuylkill Haven School District terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
220, Neal B. Weidman, Neal Weidman, Schuylkill Haven School District, termination, dismissal, incompetency, persistent negligence, persistent and willful violation of school laws, immorality, sufficient evidence
1975Bakewell, Byron v. New Castle Area SD (TTA 240)
Byron Bakewell has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of New Castle Area School District assigning him to the duties of a teacher of mechanical drawing, which action he feels constitutes an improper demotion.
Keywords
240, Byron Bakewell, New Castle Area School District, demotion, professional employee, jurisdiction
1975Becker, Dr. Earl A. v. Allentown SD (TTA 226)
Dr. Earl A. Becker has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Allentown School District reassigning him from the position of Director of the Regional Instructional Materials Center to Science and Mathematics teacher, which action, he contends, is an improper demotion.
Keywords
226, Dr. Earl A. Becker, Dr. Earl Becker, Allentown School, administrators, demotion, timeliness
1975Bittner, Carroll v. Jersey Shore Area SD (TTA 234)
Carroll Bittner has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Jersey Shore Area School District terminating her services as a teacher in the ESEA reading program.
Keywords
234, Carroll Bittner, Jersey Shore Area School District, termination, professional employee
1975Black, James T. v. Wyalusing Area SD (TTA 269)
James T. Black has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Wyalusing Area School District abolishing his position as elementary principal and assigning him to the position of fifth grade teacher in the elementary school, which action he contends is an improper demotion in status and salary.
Keywords
269, James T. Black, James Black, Wyalusing Area School District, demotion, administrators, realignment, jurisdiction
1975Caffas, John L. v. Upper Dauphin Area SD (TTA 239)
John L. Caffas has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Upper Dauphin Area School District dismissing him as a professional employee on the grounds of cruelty, persistent and willful violation of the school laws, and intemperance.
Keywords
239, John L. Caffas, John Caffas, Upper Dauphin Area School District, dismissal, cruelty, persistent and willful violation of school laws, intemperance, corporal punishment, sufficient evidence
1975Goodrich, Lois V. v. The Great Valley SD (TTA 231)
Lois V. Goodrich has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Great Valley School District no to renew her contract of employment as a teacher.
Keywords
231, Lois V. Goodrich, Lois Goodrich, Great Valley School District, professional employee, termination, certification
1975Hoffman, Alvin J. v. Northampton Area SD (TTA 249)
Alvin J. Hoffman has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Northampton Area School District dismissing him as a professional employee on the grounds of immorality.
Keywords
249, Alvin J. Hoffman, Alvin Hoffman, Northampton Area School District, dismissal, immorality, sufficient evidence, improper contact with students
1975Landi, Paul D. v. West Chester Area SD (TTA 246)
Paul D. Landi has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the West Chester Area School District dismissing him as a professional employee on the grounds of cruelty.
Keywords
246, Paul D. Landi, Paul Landi, West Chester Area School District, dismissal, cruelty, corporal punishment, sufficient evidence
1975Lesley, Ruth v. Oxford Area SD (TTA 247)
Ruth Lesley has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Oxford Area School District dismissing her on the grounds of incompetency and immorality.
Keywords
247, Ruth Lesley, Oxford Area School District, dismissal, incompetency, immorality, due process, sufficient evidence, bias
1975Lucciola, Benjamin v. Delaware Valley SD (TTA 268)
Benjamin Lucciola has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Delaware Valley School District dismissing him as a professional employee on the grounds of persistent and willful violation of the school laws.
Keywords
268, Benjamin Lucciola, Delaware Valley School District, dismissal, persistent and willful violation of school laws, sick leave
1975McDowell, Miller G., Jr. v. Oxford Area SD (TTA 217)
Miller G. McDowell Jr. has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Oxford Area School District dismissing him as a professional employee on the grounds of incompetency.
Keywords
217, Miller G. McDowell, Jr., Miller McDowell, Jr., Oxford Area School District, dismissal, incompetency, certification, jurisdiction
1975Pasekoff, Eugene v. Clairton SD (TTA 242)
Eugene Pasekoff has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Clairton School District assigning him to position of Coordinator of Curriculum and Instructional Services from that of Principal of the Middle School, which action, he alleges, constitutes an improper demotion in status.
Keywords
242, Eugene Pasekoff, Clairton School District, demotion, administrators
1975Sanders, Harold W. v. Mechanicsburg Area SD (TTA 270)
Harold W. Sanders has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Mechanicsburg Area School District abolishing his position of curriculum coordinator and assigning him to the position of teacher, which action, he contends, constitutes an improper demotion in position and salary.
Keywords
270, Harold W. Sanders, Harold Sanders, Mechanicsburg Area School District, demotion, realignment, arbitrary, consent, dismissal
1975Smith, Gareth v. Jersey Shore Area SD (TTA 233)
Gareth Smith has appealed from the decision of the Board of School Directors of the Jersey Shore Area School District no to continue her employment as a teacher after the 1972-73 school year.
Keywords
233, Gareth Smith, Jersey Shore Area School District, termination, jurisdiction, professional employee, substitutes
1975Stholer, Robert v. Berks Co IU No. 14 SD (TTA 260)
Richard Stholer has appealed from the decision of the Board of Directors of the Berks County Intermediate Unit # 14 terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee.
Keywords
260, Richard Stholer, Berks County Intermediate Unit, termination, incompetency, persistent negligence
1975Wirth, Barbara K. v. North Allegheny SD (TTA 241)
Barbara Wirth has appealed from the action of the Board of School Directors of the North Allegheny School District terminating her contract as the Food Service Director.
Keywords
241, Barbara Wirth, North Allegheny School District, termination, jurisdiction, professional employee
1976Bair, Thomas F. v. New Castle Area SD (TTA 264)
Thomas F. Bair has appealed from the decision of the Board of Directors of the New Castle Area School District terminating his contract and dismissing him as a professional employee on the grounds of incompetency and persistent negligence.
Keywords
264, Thomas F. Bair, Thomas Bair, New Castle Area School District, termination, dismissal, incompetency,  persistent negligence
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