PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS. (Chambers Circuit Court, CV-93-5, Court of Civil Appeals, AV93000418). Philip Dale Segrest, TRIAL JUDGE.
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Almon, Maddox, Shores, Houston, Kennedy, and Ingram, JJ., concur. Cook, J., Dissents.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Almon
Maddox, Shores, Houston, Kennedy, and Ingram, JJ., concur.
COOK, JUSTICE (dissenting).
I respectfully Dissent. A tenured public school teacher has petitioned this Court to consider the following question: Whether the board of education may, in a hearing convened to address its proposed termination of a teacher with 23 years of experience, and consistent with due process requirements, rely on allegations that a decline in students' standardized test scores evidenced the teacher's incompetence, where the specific reasons contained in the board's pretermination notice to the teacher failed to include the decline as a reason for termination?
The board failed to provide in its pretermination notice any indication that it was going to consider a decline in students' standardized test scores as evidence of incompetence, yet at the hearing it heard substantial evidence relating to a decline in test scores. Procedural due process requires notice, to allow for the preparation of a defense. It appears that the board considered evidence of declining test scores as bearing on the question of competency. Therefore, in my judgment, the dismissal was based on a proceeding conducted without adequate notice and violated the constitutional guaranty of due process. I would therefore grant the writ.