Suspension without Pay
A board may, for good cause as determined by the board, suspend an employee without pay:
- Pending discharge, or
- In lieu of termination.
The suspension may not extend beyond the end of the school year.
Education Code 21.211(b)
If an employee is not discharged after being suspended without pay pending discharge, the employee is entitled to back pay for the period of suspension. Education Code 21.211(c)
Grounds for Dismissal
A board may terminate a term contract and discharge a term contract employee at any time for:
- Good cause as determined by the board; or
- A financial exigency that requires a reduction in personnel.
Education Code 21.211(a)
Before any term contract employee is dismissed for good cause, the employee shall be given reasonable notice in writing of the charges against him or her and an explanation of a district's evidence, set out in sufficient detail to fairly enable the employee to show any error that may exist. Cleveland Bd. of Educ. v. Loudermill, 470 U.S. 532 (1985)
If a term contract employee desires a hearing before an independent hearing examiner, the employee must file a written request with the commissioner of education not later than the 15th day after the date the employee receives notice of the proposed termination or suspension without pay. The employee must provide a district with a copy of the request and must provide the commissioner with a copy of the notice.
The parties may agree in writing to extend by not more than ten days the deadline for requesting a hearing.
Education Code 21.251(a), .253 [See DFD]
An employee who is protesting proposed action to terminate a term contract at any time on the basis of a financial exigency declared under Education Code 44.011 [see CEA] that requires a reduction in personnel must notify the board in writing not later than the tenth day after the date the employee receives notice of the proposed action. The employee is entitled to a hearing in the manner provided under Education Code 21.207 for nonrenewal of a term contract [see DFBB] or a hearing under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter F, as determined by the board. Education Code 21.159
Suspension with Pay
The employee may be suspended with pay pending the outcome of the dismissal hearing. Moore v. Knowles, 482 F.2d 1069 (5th Cir. 1973)
[See DHB regarding circumstances in which a certified employee's dismissal must be reported to the State Board for Educator Certification.]
Report by Principal
The principal of a district, including a district of innovation, must notify the superintendent not later than the seventh business day after the date of an educator's termination of employment following an alleged incident of misconduct described by Education Code 21.006(b) [see DP]. Education Code 21.006(b-2)