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13 N.J.A.R. 867

Newark, Bd. of Ed. of the City of v. Burnside, Mary
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Citation: 13 N.J.A.R. 867
Decision Date: 1988
Agency: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Synopsis: The Board of Education of Newark filed tenure charges against respondent demanding her dismissal for incompetence and unbecoming and/or unprofessional conduct. The matter was trans- mitted to the Office of Administrative Law for a hearing. The administrative law judge assigned to the case found that respondent had demonstrated an inability to control her class and educate her students. She was advised of her unsatisfactory performance and offered suggestions for improvement, but was unable to improve. In addition, respondent repeatedly walked out of her classroom, used abusive language and generally had poor rapport with her students. The judge, concluding that the Board proved all charges, recommended that respondent be dismissed. Upon review, this initial decision was adopted by the Com- missioner of Education. Respondent was ordered to forfeit her ten- ured teaching position. Carolyn Ryan Reed, Associate Counsel for petitioner, (Hilda Burnett, Acting General Counsel) Irving C. Evers, Esq., for respondent (Giblin and Giblin, attorneys)