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New Bedford Educators Association v. Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, et al. (and two consolidated cases) (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-108-17)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   16-P-654                                        Appeals Court   NEW BEDFORD EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION  vs.  CHAIRMAN OF THE MASSACHUSETTS BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION & others[1] (and two consolidated cases[2]).     No. 16-P-654.   Middlesex.     May 4, 2017. – August 23, 2017.   Present:  Trainor, Vuono, & Sullivan, JJ.     Practice, Civil, Standing, Declaratory proceeding, Action in nature of mandamus, Relief in the nature of certiorari. Administrative Law, Standing, Judicial review.  Declaratory Relief.  Mandamus.  Board of Education.  Commonwealth, Education.  Education.  School and School Committee.  Labor, Public employment.     Civil actions commenced in the Superior Court Department on July 18, July 23, and October 21, 2014.   After consolidation, motions to dismiss were heard by Kimberly S. Budd, J.     Laurie R. Houle for the plaintiffs. Iraida J. Alvarez, Assistant Attorney General (Pierce O. Cray, Assistant Attorney General, also present) for the defendants.     VUONO, J.  In these consolidated cases, we consider the propriety of actions taken by the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (commissioner) and by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (board) in creating and approving “turnaround plans” for chronically underperforming schools pursuant to the so-called Achievement Gap Act (Act), G. L. c. 69, § 1J.  The plaintiffs, New Bedford Educators Association (NBEA), Holyoke Teachers Association (HTA), and Boston Teachers Union (BTU) (collectively, the unions), filed separate complaints, later amended, in the Superior Court against the commissioner, the board, and its chairman (collectively, the defendants), alleging that the defendants failed to satisfy the requirements of the Act with regard to four chronically underperforming schools located in New Bedford, Holyoke, and Boston.[3]  The unions sought declaratory relief pursuant to G. L. c. 231A.  NBEA and HTA also sought certiorari review under G. L. c. 249, § 4, and relief in the nature of mandamus pursuant to G. L. c. 249, § 5.  The defendants moved to dismiss the unions’ complaints under Mass.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(1), 365 Mass. 754 (1974), for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.  Following a hearing, a judge dismissed the complaints, concluding that the unions did not have standing to challenge the turnaround plans because the unions’ primary concerns were outside the area of interest protected by G. L. c. 69, § 1J, and because the defendants’ statutory duty was to students, not to local teachers’ unions.  On appeal, the unions contend that the judge erred in dismissing their complaints solely on the basis of standing.  For the reasons […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - August 23, 2017 at 2:33 pm

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Kewley v. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-099-14)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA, 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us   13-P-833                                        Appeals Court   BARBARA KEWLEY  vs.  DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION & others.[1] No. 13-P-833. Suffolk. December 11, 2013. – August 22, 2014.   Present: Green, Sikora, & Milkey, JJ. License.  Administrative Law, Agency, Judicial review, Agency’s interpretation of statute.  School and School Committee, Professional teacher status, Appointment of personnel.  School and School District.  Constitutional Law, Police power.  Due Process of Law, License, Retroactive application of statute, Substantive rights. Statute, Retroactive application, Construction.  Practice, Civil, Review of administrative action, Action in nature of mandamus.       Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on August 6, 2009.   The case was heard by Heidi E. Brieger, J., on motions for summary judgment.     Daniel O’Connor (Laura Elkayam with him) for the plaintiff. John M. Stephan, Assistant Attorney General, for the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Thomas A. Mullen for the Wachusett Regional School Committee.      SIKORA, J.  In 2009 the plaintiff, Barbara Kewley, brought suit in Superior Court against three governmental defendants:  the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE); the Board of Registration in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (board); and the Wachusett Regional School Committee (school committee) (collectively, defendants).  She sought a declaratory judgment of her eligibility to practice speech and language therapy in public schools under the authority of her licensure from the DESE and without licensure from the board, and an affirmative injunction compelling the school committee to grant her a teacher’s contract as a speech therapist.  The defendants contested those entitlements.  At the conclusion of discovery, the parties composed a statement of agreed material facts and submitted cross motions for summary judgment.  By memorandum of decision and a conforming order, a judge of the Superior Court granted full summary judgment in favor of all defendants.  Kewley has appealed.  For the following reasons, we now affirm. Background.  1.  Early biography.  In 1981 Kewley earned a bachelor of science degree in the field of speech, language, and hearing disorders.  Also in 1981, she earned a license from the Department of Education certifying her as an “educator” in “all levels” of “speech,” “language,” and “hearing disorders” (DESE license).  The life of the license originally was indefinite.  The Legislature subsequently renamed the Department of Education as DESE.  Pursuant to the Education Reform Act of 1993, DESE has required renewal of licensure at five-year intervals.  G. L. […]

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - August 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

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