Teacher Entitled to Attorney’s Fees and Costs When Accusation Unilaterally Dismissed by District After Hearing Scheduled

    A tenured school teacher, who had been charged in an accusation with conduct meriting dismissal, denied the conduct and requested a hearing which the school district scheduled. Later, the Commission on Professional Competence which was to hear the matter, dismissed the accusation at the request of the district, over the objection of the teacher, without a determination that the teacher should not be dismissed. A finding that the teacher should not be dismissed would have entitled the teacher to his reasonable attorney’s fees and costs. Continue reading