ERIC Number: ED240723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Mississippi School Employment Procedures Act and Selected Litigation Arising from Its Application.
Sistrunk, Walter E.; Madison, Ernestine
Although Mississippi has no statutes for granting tenure to public school employees, state laws passed in 1953, 1974, and 1977 do provide for due process in case of teacher suspension or dismissal. To determine to what extent the state's 153 public school districts were implementing employee due process under the 1977 "School Employment Procedures Act" (SEPA), a survey was conducted of all school district superintendents. Of the 77 respondents, about two-thirds are committed to some kind of written board policy pertaining to SEPA's provisions for employee due process. In the numerous court cases involving the SEPA, thus far, the courts have ruled that school boards and administrators must adhere rigidly to statutory due process. However, decisions in such cases have tended to support board decisions when due process was followed and reasonable grounds were given for dismissal. Although SEPA has already given public school employees needed protection without diminishing the discretionary dismissal powers of Mississippi school boards, further changes in the law are likely. (JBM)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mississippi; School Employment Procedures Act (Mississippi)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 1983).