Does a school entity have to release the names of educators pursuant to a reporter’s Right to Know Law request? Highlands School District, Highlands Education Association v. Brian Rittmeyer and Tribune-Review (2020 WL 7061810 Commonwealth Court of PA, decided 12-3-2020)
When can an educator be required by a school entity’s administration to submit to an immediate urine test for illegal drugs? Bethlehem Area SD v. T.M. 177 A3rd 384 (Pa. Commonwealth Court, 2017)
Can the actions which resulted in three DUI convictions, but not the convictions themselves, constitute “immorality and intemperance" justifying indefinite suspension of an educator’s teaching certificate? Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) v. Nada S. Reese, DI-18-210 (2019)
Can a Pennsylvania educator forfeit their accumulated funds within the Public School Employees Retirement System (PSERS)? Public School Employees’ Retirement Board v. Matthews 806 A2d 971 (Pa. Commonwealth Court, 2002)
Is an educator student sexual relationship, which continued after the student graduated from high school, still grounds by which to sanction the educator? M.T. v. PA Department of Education 56 A3d 1 (Pa. Commonwealth Court, 2010)
Although a Superintendent did not issue an annual rating for several educators for each of two years, are those educators still entitled to “professional employee” status after the second year? Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and Carol Bittner v. Jersey Shore Area School District, 481 PA 356, 392 A2d 1331 ( PA Supreme Court 1978)
Can a school entity’s local policy restrain employees from wearing religious emblems as jewelry, but allow secular emblems? Nichols v. ARIN Intermediate Unit 28, 268 F.Supp 2d 536 (US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2003)
Is it immoral for the Director of a Pennsylvania vocational-technical center to physically threaten to punch one educator and then three hours later threaten to put a gun to the head and shoot a second educator? Homer Horton v. Jefferson County –DuBois Area Vocational Technical School Committee (PA Commonwealth Ct. 1989) 630 A2d 481.
May a school district employee be dismissed without prior opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing or be forced to wait nine months later to determine if the dismissal was proper? Cleveland Board of Education v. James Loudermill, 470 US 532, 105 S.Ct 1487, 84 L.Ed2d 494 (1985)
Is the Pennsylvania General Assembly adequately funding public education or are its members deliberately violating two provisions of the Pennsylvania State Constitution? William Penn School District, et al. Petitioners v. Pennsylvania Department of Education, et al. Respondents, No. 587 M.D. 2014, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
If an educator is arrested for new criminal charges alleging conduct which appears to pose a threat to the welfare of her students, will her certificate immediately be suspended pending outcome of the new charges? Slater v. PDE & Professional Standards Commission, 725 A2d 1248 (PA Commonwealth Court 1999)