Can a tenured teacher who retires while facing 3020-a charges get his teaching license restored?

No. Wayne Crawford Jefferson, a tenured NYC teacher, retired while charges were pending against him. Pursuant to Chancellor’s Regulation C-205 resigning or retiring while charges are pending causes the automatic termination of a teacher’s NYC teaching license. Jefferson sought to get his license reinstated and brought an Article 78 proceeding in Queens Supreme Court and appealed to the Appellate Division, Second Department. Both courts rejected his arguments that he was deprived of his constitutional rights and that he was unaware of the regulation.

Jefferson’s state certification was not addressed in these proceedings. The loss of a NYC teaching license does not automatically revoke state teaching privileges. A separate proceeding is required to remove State teaching privileges.

Matter of Jefferson v New York City Bd. of Educ.
2017 NY Slip Op 00166
Decided on January 11, 2017
Appellate Division, Second Department

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